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AR­LING­TON, TEXAS» Af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Mike Trout in the MVP bal­lot­ing last year, Mookie Betts will re­place him in the Amer­i­can League’s start­ing lineup for this sea­son’s All-Star Game.

Betts was named Mon­day as Trout’s re­place­ment by virtue of re­ceiv­ing the most player votes among non­starters in the out­field, Ma­jor League Base­ball con­firmed. The Red Sox right fielder fin­ished sec­ond in player vot­ing among AL out­field­ers, be­hind Yan­kees sen­sa­tion Aaron Judge.

Judge and team­mate Gary Sanchez an­nounced Mon­day they will par­tic­i­pate in the Home Run Derby next week in Miami.

Betts will start the Al­lS­tar Game for the sec­ond straight year. He will be joined in the AL out­field by Judge and Ge­orge Springer of the Astros.

Betts, who had been se­lected to the AL team as a re­serve, was also named AL player of the week. He punc­tu­ated the week with eight RBIs on Sun­day.

Um­pire sues MLB.

An­gel Her­nan­dez, a ma­jor­league um­pire for nearly a quar­ter cen­tury, sued Ma­jor League Base­ball on Mon­day al­leg­ing race dis­crim­i­na­tion.

In a com­plaint filed in U.S. District Court in Cincin­nati, the 55-year-old Her­nan­dez, who was born in Cuba and lives in Florida, al­leges MLB chief base­ball of­fi­cer Joe Torre “has a his­tory of an­i­mos­ity to­wards Her­nan­dez stem­ming from Torre’s time as man­ager of the New York Yan­kees.”

As ev­i­dence of the al­leged dis­crim­i­na­tion, the suit cites Her­nan­dez’s lack of World Series as­sign­ments in the past decade and base­ball not pro­mot­ing Her­nan­dez to crew chief.

MLB de­clined com­ment, a spokesman said.

Her­nan­dez cites crit­i­cism by Torre in 2001 that Her­nan­dez “seems to see some­thing no­body else does” and “I think he just wanted to be no­ticed over there.”

The com­plaint al­leges Her­nan­dez re­ceived pos­i­tive eval­u­a­tions for most of his ma­jor-league ca­reer, which be­gan in 1993, but says “fol­low­ing Torre’s ar­rival in Ma­jor League Base­ball’s front of­fice in 2011, the no­tion that Her­nan­dez ‘just wanted to be no­ticed’ per­me­ated Her­nan­dez’s yearly eval­u­a­tions, as did Torre’s gen­eral neg­a­tive at­ti­tude to­wards Her­nan­dez.”

Grilli joins Rangers.

AR­LING­TON, TEXAS» Ja­son Grilli joined the Rangers, giv­ing them a vet­eran pres­ence in a strug­gling bullpen.

Grilli was added the ros­ter Mon­day, a day af­ter Texas ac­quired him in a trade from the Blue Jays.

Carew re­turns to Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS» Three hours be­fore he was sched­uled to throw a cer­e­mo­nial first pitch Mon­day, Rod Carew fid­geted with a base­ball.

The Hall of Famer’s pres­ence at Tar­get Field was the first time since hav­ing a heart and kid­ney trans­plant on Dec. 16, 2016.

Min­nesota cel­e­brated the 40th an­niver­sary of Carew’s 1977 MVP sea­son when the seven-time AL bat­ting cham­pion al­most be­came the first player to hit .400 since Ted Wil­liams hit .406 in 1941. Carew’s bat­ting av­er­age reached a sea­son-high .411 on June 29; he fin­ished at .388.

Carew suf­fered a heart at­tack on Sept. 20, 2015.

Na­tion­als’ Vin­cent dies.

WASH­ING­TON» David Vin­cent, a Na­tion­als of­fi­cial scorer and re­spected base­ball his­to­rian who com­piled home run sta­tis­tics for the Society for Amer­i­can Base­ball Re­search, died af­ter a long bat­tle with stom­ach cancer. He was 67.

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