Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout lead as MLB announces All-Star Game starters
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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout lead as MLB announces All-Star Game starters

Inside? Shohei Ohtani.

Outside? Yordan Alvarez.

At least one American League designated hitter will be available for the July 19 All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.

Alvarez, Astros’ left-handed hitter is leading the major leagues with OPS and slugging percentage. He hit 0.312/0.410/0.665 on Friday, with 26 home runs. But Ohtani, Angels two-way player, defeated him Monday. Alvarez won his second consecutive All-Star Game assignment by winning the fan vote. Ohtani was AL’s starting pitcher last year.

Each position was reduced to two finalist after the first round of voting. A new round of voting began. Ohtani got 52%, while Alvarez received 48%. Alvarez will be named a reserve once the rest of squad members are announced on Sunday.

Ohtani’s batting average is.257, with 18 home runs. But his shooting numbers are even better at 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA. He also has 111 strikeouts in 81 innings. He struck out 40 batters in his last four games and didn’t allow any wins. Despite another disappointing season for Angels, Ohtani still has a chance of winning his second consecutive MVP award because of his performances in both directions.

Mike Trout, his Angels teammate, earns his 10th career selection. Yankees Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Giancarlo Suter will join him in the AL outfield. Judge is the leader in majors with 30 home runs, 65 runs, and Stanton with 21 home runs. This is Stanton’s fifth All-Star selection and Judge’s fourth.

Stanton was born in Panorama, Calif., approximately 20 miles north Los Angeles. He said that it would be meaningful to him to participate in an All-Star Game so close his home.

Stanton stated that “I don’t think it will fully absorb till I’m there, even afterwards.” It’s going to be memorable, if it isn’t the best.

Stanton stated that he wasn’t sure if he would participate in the Home Run Derby but said that he was “definitely” thinking about it.

Astros’ Jose Altuve was selected for his eighth All Star selection and is now the fifth baseman. Jose Ramirez was defeated by Rafael Devers at third base in a match between two MVP-caliber players.

Alejandro Kirk, Blue Jays catcher, is the only AL first-time starter.

The National League saw the most fierce contest at third base. Manny Machado of the Padres won against Nolan Arenado of the Cardinals with 51% to 49% of the vote. Shortstop was another close vote. Trea Turner of Dodgers beat Dansby Swanson of Braves by 52% and 48%.

Bryce Harper was selected as the starting DH but will be replaced by an injured player.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. will be the Marlins’ second baseman and All-Star for first time.

Each league’s titleholders:

AMERICAN LOAGUE

C: Alejandro Kirk Blue Jays (1st Selection): 74%-26% over Jose Trevino

1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Blue Jays (2nd Selection): 66%-34% over Ty France

2B: Jose Altuve, Astros (8th selection): 57% to 43% over Santiago Espinal

SS Tim Anderson, White Sox (2nd Selection): 55% – 45% on Bo Bichette

3B Rafael Devers, Red Sox (2nd Selection): 60%- 40% over Jose Ramirez

OF Aaron Judge, Yankees (4th Selection): automatic choice as poll leader

OF Mike Trout, Angels (10th Selection) and Giancarlo Ston, Yankees (5th Selection): About George Springer Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

DH Shohei Ohtani Angels (2nd Selection): 52% more than 48% over Yordan Avarez

NATIONAL LOAGUE

C Willson Contreras Cubs (3rd Selection): 65%-35% Travis d’Arnaud

1B – Paul Goldschmidt and Cardinals (8th Selection):67%-33% over Pete Alonso

2B: Jazz Chisholm Jr., Marlins (1st selection): 59% to 41% over Ozzie Albies

SS Trea Turner, Dodgers (2nd Selection): 52% – 48% over Dansby Swanson

3B: Manny Machado, Padres (6th selection): 51% to 49% over Nolan Arenado

OF Ronald Acuna Jr. Braves (3rd Selection): Auto Starter as Poll Leader

OF Mookie Betts, Dodgers (6th Selection) and Joc Pederson (2nd Selection): About Starling Mars and Adam Duvall

DH – Bryce Harper, Phillies (7th Selection):59% – 41% over William Contreras

ESPN’s Marly Riva contributed to this report.

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout lead as MLB announces All-Star Game starters
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