Ohtani again a 2-way All-Star; 6 Yankees, 5 Braves, Astros selected

A year later Shohei Ohtani Became the first two-way all-star of baseball Los Angeles Sensation did it again.

Ohtani was selected as the Major League Baseball pick for the American League pitching staff on Sunday, two days after he was selected by fans to start with the designated hitter.

Pitchers Clay Holmes, Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes, along with catcher Jose Trevino, made the AL team from the Yankees and gave New York six All-Stars for the first time since 2011. Outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were selected to start.

Defending AL champions Houston have five All-Stars, pitchers Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez, outfielder Kyle Tucker and appointed hitter Jordan Alvarez and second baseman Jose Altuv. Alvarez went on the injury list on Sunday with a right hand injury.

Atlanta also has five World Series champions. Outfielder Ronald Akuna Jr., who was selected as pitcher Max Fried, joined catcher Travis D’Arnaud, shortstop Dansby Swanson and DH William Contreras.

Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper has been replaced by Contreras NL’s DH, who was selected to start on June 25, but had his left thumb broken.

In 2003, Chicago Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras joined his brothers in the same All-Star Game after Aaron and Brett Boone. He will be only the fifth brother to start an All-Star Game from Mort and Walker Cooper in 1942. 43, Dixie and Harry Walker in 1947, Joe and Dom Dimagio in 1949, and Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992.

Pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin were selected from the Los Angeles Dodgers to host the All-Star Game on July 19, which included outfielders Mookie Bates and Shortstop Tray Turner. Kershaw was selected by the MLB and is an early favorite on the mound for the NL, having lost eight consecutive All-Star games and making 20 decisions out of the last 23.

The New York Mets, St. Louis and Toronto also have four All-Stars.

Seattle outfielder Julio Rodriguez was the lone threat and the 21-year-old is the youngest all-star ever. The 30-year-old All-Stars and Rodriguez are among 10 people aged 24 or under who make their debut on April 8.

Ohtani, the ruling AL MVP, is at .260 with 19 homers and 59 RBIs and is 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA from 81 innings, 111 strikeouts and 20 walks. He has won five in a row and is taking the field in Miami on Wednesday when he became the first player in major league history to steal 10, two runs and a base.

In AL’s 5-2 win in Colorado last year, Ohtani fielded Fernando Tatis Jr., Max Munsi and Nolan Arenado 1-2-3 and twice in the first inning.

Detroit’s first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a senior all-star with 12 selections and St. Louis DH Albert Pujol is in second place with 11, both selections from baseball commissioner Rob Manfred under the provision of career achievements in the new collective bargaining agreement.

Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout has 10 points, followed by Kershaw and Verlander with nine points each. Trout was elected for the ninth time in a row.

The AL pitchers selected by the players for the starters included Cleanland’s Emmanuel Klaas, Baltimore’s George Lopez, Toronto’s Alec Manoh, Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan, Cole, Cortes, Holmes and Verlander.

Along with Fred and Gonsolin, Sandy Alcantara of Miami, Corbin Burns and Josh Header of Milwaukee, Edwin Diaz of the Mets, Ryan Halesley of St. Louis and Joe Musgrove of San Diego, were selected as NL pitchers.

Minnesota fielder Luis Arez, Cleveland second baseman Andres Jimenez and third baseman Jose Ramirez, Boston shortstop Xander Bogarts and Minnesota outfielders Byron Buxton and Toronto’s George Springer and Alvarez.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and outfielder Starling Marte, St. Louis third baseman Arenado and Philadelphia outfielder Kyle Schwarber and Chicago Cubs Ian Hap, as well as D’Arnaud, Contreras and Swanson were selected by NL-rated players.

The MLB called in seven AL players, including Oaktani, Rodriguez and Valdez, along with Auckland’s Paul Blackburn, Detroit’s Gregory Soto and Texas’ Martin Perez and Kansas City’s outfielder Andrew Benitendi.

MLB’s NL picks included Pittsburgh’s David Bedner, Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Arizona’s Joe Montipel and Kershaw, as well as Colorado’s first baseman CJ Cron for pitching staff and Washington outfielder Juan Soto.

All 30 teams must have at least one player. Twenty-eight All-Stars were born out of 50 states.

Reported by the Associated Press

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