The starting lineups for this summer’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game were announced Thursday night, with several surprises getting the nod.
Unheralded free agent signees Hunter Pence and DJ LeMahieu were among the names unveiled at their respective positions. LeMahieu, the New York Yankees’ second baseman, and Pence, the Texas Rangers’ designated hitter, will each suit up for the American League.
Arizona - Diamondbacks - Baseman - Ketel - Marte
Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (National League) and Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (AL) were among other unexpected names selected as starters after an impressive first half to the season. They are joined by outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves (NL) and first baseman Carlos Santana of the Cleveland Indians (AL) as first-time All-Stars.
The majority of the remainder of each starting lineup was comprised of some of the game’s biggest stars, with Los Angeles Angels outfielder and two-time MVP Mike Trout the leading overall vote-getter in online balloting.
Stanton - Games - Season - New - York
–Giancarlo Stanton has played in only nine games this season, and the New York Yankees likely will have to do without him until August, general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday.
The outfielder/designated hitter returned to the injured list because of a strained PCL in his right knee. Cashman, speaking to reporters in London in advance of a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox, said of Stanton’s return that it was “safer to say the sweet spot would be August.”
Stanton - Lineup - June - Games - Biceps
Stanton, 29, returned to the lineup on June 18 after missing 68 games with a torn left biceps, a strained left shoulder and a strained left calf. He hit his first homer Monday and is 9-for-31 (.290) with seven RBIs in nine games this season.
–Seven-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel was called up by the Chicago Cubs and earned the save in his first appearance with the...
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