4 Nationals players selected to MLB All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Cubs became the first team since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds' Big Red Machine to have five players voted as All-Star Game starters when their entire infield earned the honor Tuesday along with center fielder Dexter Fowler.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Addison Russell and third baseman Kris Bryant also were elected. The only other team to start four infielders was the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.

Rizzo led NL players with 3.2 million votes, and Zobrist won the closest race by finishing 88 votes ahead of Washington's Daniel Murphy. Seven Cubs were picked in all, with Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester selected for the National League pitching staff. Fowler hopes to recover from a hamstring strain that has sidelined him since June 18.

The July 12 game at San Diego's Petco Park will feature 11 first-time starters, the most since 2005. In a sign of the sport's generational change, 12 of the 17 elected starters are 26 or younger.

Boston has six All-Stars, including four starters. Designated hitter David Ortiz, who is retiring at the end of the season, became a 10-time All-Star and is joined by a trio of first-timers: shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts. Knuckleballer Steven Wright and closer Craig Kimbrel were selected for the pitching staff.

San Francisco catcher Buster Posey was elected along with New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper.

In the AL, Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer were voted to the starting lineup along with Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado and Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout. Perez led all players with nearly 4.97 million votes.

Arrieta is among five first-time All-Stars on the NL pitching staff, joined by New York's Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Kenley Jansen and Miami's A.J. Ramos. Other NL pitchers include Washington's Stephen Strasburg, the Giants' Madison Bumgarner, the Marlins' Jose Fernandez and Atlanta's Julio Teheran. Washington's Max Scherzer was bypassed.

Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances were picked for the AL bullpen from the New York Yankees' Run BMC trio but Aroldis Chapman was left off after missing the first 29 games of the season while serving a domestic violence suspension.

Miller and Wright are among seven first-time All-Stars on the AL pitching staff, joined by Tampa Bay's Alex Colome, Toronto's Marco Estrada, Baltimore's Brad Brach, Houston's Marco Estrada and Cleveland's Danny Salazar. Other AL pitchers include Chicago's Chris Sale and Texas' Cole Hamels.

Petco Park is the second of four straight NL ballparks to host the All-Stars, following Cincinnati last year and ahead of Miami in 2017 and Washington in 2018. Because of that, the AL will be the home team, wear white uniforms and use the Padres clubhouse. Wil Myers was the only Padres player picked.

St. Louis' 1963 infield included first baseman Bill White, second baseman Julian Javier, third baseman Ken Boyer and shortstop Dick Groat. The 1976 Reds' starters were catcher Johnny Bench, second baseman Joe Morgan, shortstop Dave Concepcion, third baseman Pete Rose and outfielder George Foster.

Tuesday, July 12
At Petco Park, San Diego

x-denotes starter

American League
Pitchers

Dellin Betances, Yankees
Brad Brach, Orioles
Zach Britton, Orioles
Alex Colome, Rays
Wade Davis, Royals (Inactive)
Marco Estrada, Blue Jays
Cole Hamels, Rangers
Will Harris, Astros
Kelvin Herrera, Royals
Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox
Andrew Miller, Yankees
Danny Salazar, Indians
Chris Sale, White Sox
Steven Wright, Red Sox

Catchers

x-Salvador Perez, Royals
Stephen Vogt, Athletics
Matt Wieters, Orioles

Infielders

x-Jose Altuve, Astros
x-Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Robinson Cano, Mariners
Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
x-Eric Hosmer, Royals
Francisco Lindor, Indians
x-Manny Machado, Orioles
Eduardo Nunez, Twins

Outfielders

Carlos Beltran, Yankees
x-Mookie Betts, Red Sox
x-Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
Ian Desmond, Rangers
x-Mike Trout, Angels
Mark Trumbo, Orioles

Designated Hitter

Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
x-David Ortiz, Red Sox

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National League
Pitchers

Jake Arrieta, Cubs
Madison Bumgarner, Giants
Johnny Cueto, Giants
Jeurys Familia, Mets
Jose Fernandez, Marlins
Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
Jon Lester, Cubs
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (Inactive)
Mark Melancon, Pirates
A.J. Ramos, Marlins
Fernando Rodney, Marlins
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
Noah Syndergaard, Mets
Julio Teheran, Braves

Catchers

Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
x-Buster Posey, Giants
Wilson Ramos, Nationals

Infielders

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
x-Kris Bryant, Cubs
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
Daniel Murphy, Nationals
Wil Myers, Padres
x-Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
x-Addison Russell, Cubs
Corey Seager, Dodgers
x-Ben Zobrist, Cubs

Outfielders

x-Yoenix Cespedes, Mets
Adam Duvall, Reds
x-Dexter Fowler, Cubs
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
x-Bryce Harper, Nationals
Odubel Herrera, Phillies
Marcell Ozuna, Marlins

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Esurance MLB All-Star Final Vote Candidates
Voting ends on Friday, July 8, 4 p.m. (EDT)
American League

Ian Kinsler, Tigers
Evan Longoria, Rays
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Michael Saunders, Blue Jays
George Springer, Astros

National League

Brandon Belt, Giants
Ryan Braun, Brewers
Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks
Starling Marte, Pirates
Trevor Story, Rockies

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