Major League Baseball’s annual All Star Game will be played in just a few weeks, on July 16th at Citi Field in New York. Earlier this evening the roster were unveiled for each league and they are loaded with talent. The American League side will be skippered by Detroit’s Jim Leyland and he’ll have a host of familiar faces to work with, as six Tigers made they way onto the squad.
Shortstop: J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Outfield: Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox
Brett Cecil, Toronto Blue Jays
Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers
Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers
Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers
Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers
Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
While Detoit leads the way with six players making the roster, the Orioles impressed with a trio of starters being named to the roster. The team nearly had a fourth in that starting lineup, with Nick Markakis coming close in fan voting but it’d seem he failed to do enough to warrant a spot off the bench (for now). Either way, both clubs will be well represented in the game and the AL will have one heck of a formidable lineup for the NL squad to contend with.
There will be one more addition to the above group, pending the results of the fan voting for the final spot on the roster. In the AL it will be another reliever, as all five candidates are bullpen options: Joaquin Benoit (Detroit), Steve Delabar (Toronto), Koji Uehara (Boston), David Robertson (New York), and Tanner Scheppers (Texas). Fans can vote at mlb.com between now and 4:00 PM EST Thursday.
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