Jays’ closer off to all-star game
Roberto Osuna among replacement players selected
Toronto closer Roberto Osuna is among seven replacement players selected for Tuesday’s all-star game in Miami.
Osuna, in his third campaign with Toronto, has 22 saves this season with a 2.06 earned-run average. The Mexico native struggled to start the season with three blown saves in four opportunities, but has racked up 21 consecutive saves since.
Osuna will join starting first baseman Justin Smoak on the American League squad. It will be the first all-star appearance for both players.
Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano, Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer, Houston reliever Chris Devenski, Minnesota reliever Brandon Kintzler and Detroit outfielder Justin Upton also were added to the AL roster Friday. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood was added to the NL all-stars.
Three of the original all-stars are on the disabled list and won’t be active for the game: Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro and Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel.
Four pitchers on the all-star rosters won’t be active because they are scheduled to start Sunday: the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Texas’ Yu Darvish, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Detroit’s Michael Fulmer.
Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna, right, celebrates with catcher Russell Martin after closing out the ninth inning of American League action to beat the Houston Astros in Toronto on Thursday.