Blue Jays trio picked for All-Star Game
Bautista earns most votes, Encarnacion won't play due to injury
Major League Baseball released its American League and National League selections for the All-Star Game on Sunday, with Toronto's Jose Bautista, Mark Buehrle and Edwin Encarnacion picked for the AL squad.
Bautista was named a starter in outfield, garnering 5,859,019 votes, more than any other player. It is the fourth time he has been voted in, matching a feat only accomplished by one other Blue Jays player, Roberto Alomar in the early 1990s.
Buehrle was named one of the AL pitchers, while Encarnacion was named as a reserve player for the July 15 game at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Buehrle will be making his fifth appearance in the game, after four trips earlier in his career while a Chicago White Sox starter.
Encarnacion went to last year's all-star game, but he won't go this time due to a hamstring injury suffered on Saturday that will keep him out of action for at least two weeks.
"I'm happy to be named an all-star," Encarnacion said. "I won't be playing. I will be working my leg to get back to the field as soon as I can."
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has been selected to replace Encarnacion.
The 26-year-old Seager, a first-time all-star, entered Monday with a .274 average, 13 homers, 59 runs batted in and 21 doubles.
Elsewhere, the trade that put Jeff Samardzija on a post-season contender cost him a chance to pitch in his first all-star game.
A day after Samardzija was dealt from the Chicago Cubs to Oakland, a big league-high six Athletics were picked Sunday.
That doesn't include Samardzija, selected as an NL All-Star. Major League Baseball said he is ineligible to play because of the league switch.
The right-hander will be introduced with the National League players. Still to be decided is whether he wears a Cubs or A's uniform — or a generic NL jersey.
The former Notre Dame receiver was 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA and 103 strikeouts for the Cubs. In his debut for Oakland on Sunday, the 29-year-old Samardzija allowed one run in seven innings for a 4-2 victory over Toronto.
Oakland has its most All-Stars since 1975: left-handers Sean Doolittle and Scott Kazmir; catcher Derek Norris; first baseman Brandon Moss; third baseman Josh Donaldson; and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Jeter's final trip
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, playing his 20th and final season, was chosen for his 14th all-star team and will start for the ninth time. He gets reunited with Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano, his former double-play partner in New York.
Among the big names bypassed entirely were slugger David Ortiz and closer Koji Uehara from World Series champion Boston, San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, and Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett.
Also elected by fans to start for the AL were Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Donaldson, and outfielders Adam Jones of Baltimore and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.
Baltimore's Matt Wieters, sidelined by season-ending elbow surgery on June 17, was elected to start at catcher and will be replaced by Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki, Kansas City's Salvador Perez or Norris.
Orioles bopper Nelson Cruz, tied for the major league home run lead with 27, was voted in by fans at designated hitter after serving a 50-game suspension last year for violating baseball's drug agreement.
Rookies Tanaka, Abreu headed to Target
Elected to the NL starting lineup were Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina along with outfielders Carlos Gomez of Milwaukee, Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh and Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Top rookies Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox were picked for the AL squad.
Surprise selections included Pittsburgh utilityman Josh Harrison and left-hander Tony Watson, and St. Louis reliever Pat Neshek.
Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez made his fifth All-Star team, his first since 2009.
Bautista, at 5.68 million, received the most votes for the second time in four years. Tulowitzki topped the NL at 5.35 million.
Other players omitted despite strong credentials were Cincinnati pitcher Alfredo Simon, Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager and San Diego closer Huston Street, who had converted 23 consecutive save chances before allowing a tying home run in the ninth Saturday.
Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun and Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera, who like Cruz served lengthy drug-related suspensions, also were left out.
The candidates in online voting for the final AL spot are all pitchers: Houston's Dallas Keuchel, Cleveland's Corey Kluber, Los Angeles' Garrett Richards, Detroit's Rick Porcello and Chicago's Chris Sale. Vying for the NL spot are Miami third baseman Casey McGehee, Colorado first baseman Justin Morneau, Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton.
With files from CBCSports.ca