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All-Stars unveiled, including 25 first-timers

July 7, 2014
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The Orioles had three starters voted into the American League starting lineup for this year's All-Star Game at Minnesota's Target Field, while the Brewers paced the National League with two starters and four players overall.

The Athletics, who have the best record in baseball, placed six players on the roster for the first time since 1975. There were also 25 first-time All-Stars and 24 foreign-born players announced Sunday.

Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones, designated hitter Nelson Cruz and catcher Matt Wieters will represent the O's after winning at their respective positions in the fan balloting. Wieters is out for the season due to Tommy John elbow surgery and was replaced by Salvador Perez of the Royals.

"It says something about our fans," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "They're doing their part. They did a good job supporting our guys, but you don't get this without national support. It's tough to keep guys like this under the radar, because they're too good. We like the fact that other people around the country are getting something that we already knew."

The rest of the AL starters are first baseman Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), second baseman Robinson Cano (Mariners), shortstop Derek Jeter (Yankees), third baseman Josh Donaldson (Athletics) and outfielders Mike Trout (Angels) and Jose Bautista (Blue Jays).

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez and outfielder Carlos Gomez will represent the Brewers, who have the NL's best record. They'll be joined by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (D-backs), second baseman Chase Utley (Phillies), shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies), catcher Yadier Molina (Cardinals) and outfielders Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) and Yasiel Puig (Dodgers).

AL manager John Farrell and NL manager Mike Matheny will announce the batting orders and starting pitchers before the teams work out the day before the July 15 Midsummer Classic. The league that wins will receive home-field advantage in the World Series.

For his starting pitcher, Farrell can choose from Yu Darvish (Rangers), Max Scherzer (Tigers), Felix Hernandez (Mariners), Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees), Jon Lester (Red Sox), David Price (Rays), Scott Kazmir (Athletics) and Mark Buehrle (Blue Jays). Any starter who pitches Sunday will be honored as an All-Star but won't play.

The AL relievers announced Sunday are Sean Doolittle (Athletics), Glen Perkins (Twins), Derek Holland (Rangers) and Dellin Betances (Yankees).

The Dodgers placed two starting pitchers, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and the NL will also have starters Madison Bumgarner (Giants), Adam Wainwright (Cardinals), Julio Teheran (Braves), Jordan Zimmermann (Nationals), Johnny Cueto (Reds) and Tyson Ross (Padres).

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija was selected by the players, but he was replaced on the NL roster after being traded from the Cubs to the Athletics on Saturday.

The NL bullpen will consist of Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers), Pat Neshek (Cardinals) and Tony Watson (Pirates).

The AL reserves are catchers Kurt Suzuki (Twins) and Derek Norris (Athletics), first basemen Jose Abreu (White Sox), Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays) and Brandon Moss (Athletics), second baseman Jose Altuve (Astros), third baseman Adrian Beltre (Rangers), outfielders Michael Brantley (Indians), Yoenis Cespedes (Athletics) and Alex Gordon (Royals) and DH Victor Martinez (Tigers).

All the non-starters came from the player ballot except for Price, Scherzer, Perkins, Lester, Norris and Moss, who were manager selections in conjunction with MLB. Farrell also picked Suzuki to replace Wieters, and he will likely have to choose a replacement for Encarnacion, who had to leave Saturday night's game with a strained quad.

The NL reserves are catchers Jonathan Lucroy (Brewers) and Devin Mesoraco (Reds), first baseman Freddie Freeman (Braves), second basemen Dee Gordon (Dodgers) and Daniel Murphy (Mets), shortstop Starlin Castro (Cubs), third basemen Matt Carpenter (Cardinals) and Todd Frazier (Reds) and outfielders Charlie Blackmon (Rockies), Josh Harrison (Pirates), Hunter Pence (Giants) and Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins).

Matheny's picks were Greinke, Ross, Zimmermann, Neshek, Watson, Mesoraco, Murphy, Carpenter and Harrison.

Overall, Milwaukee placed four players on the roster for the fifth time in franchise history. Lucroy and Rodriguez were added through the player vote.

"We've got some guys who have had great first halves so far, and that's what's nice to see," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "It's great, because it's a team game, we play to win, but it's nice when an individual is recognized like they are for this game."

Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters on Sunday, fans began voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until the winners are announced after the voting concludes on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

The candidates are Casey McGehee (Marlins), Justin Morneau (Rockies), Anthony Rendon (Nationals), Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) and Justin Upton (Braves) in the NL and Dallas Keuchel (Astros), Corey Kluber (Indians), Garrett Richards (Angels), Rick Porcello (Tigers) and Chris Sale (White Sox) in the AL.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans help choose the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and via Twitter in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.TV Premium subscribers, for the first time, will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 platforms that support MLB.TV, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

National League startersAmerican League starters
C Yadier Molina, STL C Matt Wieters*, BAL
1B Paul Goldschmidt, ARI 1B Miguel Cabrera, DET
2B Chase Utley, PHI 2B Robinson Cano, SEA
SS Troy Tulowitzki, COL SS Derek Jeter, NYY
3B Aramis Ramirez, MIL 3B Josh Donaldson, OAK
OF Andrew McCutchen, PIT OF Jose Bautista, TOR
OF Carlos Gomez, MIL OF Mike Trout, LAA
OF Yasiel Puig, LAD OF Adam Jones, BAL
  DH Nelson Cruz, BAL
 
National League pitchers American League pitchers
LHP Madison Bumgarner, SF RHP Dellin Betances, NYY
LHP Aroldis Chapman, CIN LHP Mark Buehrle, TOR
RHP Johnny Cueto, CIN RHP Yu Darvish, TEX
RHP Zack Greinke, LAD LHP Sean Doolittle, OAK
LHP Clayton Kershaw, LAD RHP Felix Hernandez, SEA
RHP Craig Kimbrel, ATL RHP Greg Holland, KC
RHP Pat Neshek, STL LHP Scott Kazmir, OAK
RHP Francisco Rodriguez, MIL LHP Jon Lester, BOS
RHP Tyson Ross, SD LHP Glen Perkins, MIN
RHP Jeff Samardzija, CHC/OAK LHP David Price, TB
RHP Julio Teheran, ATL RHP Max Scherzer, DET
RHP Adam Wainwright, STL RHP Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
LHP Tony Watson, PIT  
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, WAS  
 
National League reserves American League reserves
C Jonathan Lucroy, MIL C Derek Norris, OAK
C Devin Mesoraco, CIN C Salvador Perez, KC
1B Freddie Freeman, ATL C Kurt Suzuki, MIN
2B Dee Gordon, LAD 1B Jose Abreu, CWS
2B Daniel Murphy, NYM 1B Brandon Moss, OAK
SS Starlin Castro, CHC 2B Jose Altuve, HOU
3B Matt Carpenter, STL 3B Adrian Beltre, TEX
3B Todd Frazier, CIN SS Alexei Ramirez, CWS
OF Charlie Blackmon, COL OF Michael Brantley, CLE
OF Josh Harrison, PIT OF Yoenis Cespedes, OAK
OF Hunter Pence, SF OF Alex Gordon, KC
OF Giancarlo Stanton, MIA DH Edwin Encarnacion, TOR
  DH Victor Martinez, DET
*Out for season; Perez will start at catcher for AL

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