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AP picks include Bautista in outfield


NEW YORK — Without regard to fan or player balloting, here are our selections for the 85th All-Star game July 15 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins since 2010.

There are 34 spots on each roster, with at least 13 reserved for pitchers. Every major league club must be represente­d.

American League

1B — Coming off consecutiv­e MVP awards, Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera gets the start even though Chicago rookie Jose Abreu and Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacio­n have more homers at this power-packed position. Encarnacio­n is listed as a designated hitter on the fan ballot, but he’s played the vast majority of games at first base.

2B — The surprise starter is pintsized Houston dynamo Jose Altuve. Seattle’s Robinson Cano and Detroit’s Ian Kinsler, both producing with new teams, are on the bench.

SS — Yankees captain Derek Jeter takes a bow in his final season, though he hasn’t done much damage at the plate. Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox beats out Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar for the backup role.

3B — Adrian Beltre has been a bright spot in a miserable year for banged-up Texas. He earns the starting job. Kyle Seager is enjoying a breakout season in Seattle, and Oakland’s Josh Donaldson also makes it after getting snubbed a year ago. At last check, Donaldson had a big lead in fan balloting.

C — Salvador Perez makes his second straight All-Star squad for Kansas City, and this time he’s the starter. Kurt Suzuki represents the hometown team in his first season with the Twins.

OF — Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels starts in centre, with Baltimore newcomer Nelson Cruz in left and Toronto’s Jose Bautista in right. Cruz had a comfortabl­e lead at DH in fan voting, but he’s actually spent more time in the outfield. The reserves are Cleveland’s Michael Brantley, Baltimore centre-fielder Adam Jones and Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes.

DH — Victor Martinez of the Tigers has nearly as many home runs as strikeouts. Amazing. Those numbers help put him in the starting lineup over Boston stalwart David Ortiz, last year’s World Series MVP.

SP — Mariners ace Felix Hernandez gets his first All-Star start. He’s joined on the staff by Japanese right-handers Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Yu Darvish of the Rangers, along with Angels firsttimer Garrett Richards, reigning Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and Tigers teammate Rick Porcello. The left-handers are Toronto’s Mark Buehrle, Oakland’s Scott Kazmir, Chicago’s Chris Sale and Tampa Bay’s David Price.

RP — Now that Mariano Rivera has retired, someone else gets a chance to anchor the bullpen. Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, Kansas City’s Greg Holland and A’s lefty Sean Doolittle all have what it takes.

National League:

1B — Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmid­t is the starter at a spot loaded with splendid hitters. Behind him are Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman, Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo and Washington’s Adam LaRoche. Rejuvenate­d in Colorado, Justin Morneau serves as the DH — giving Minnesota fans a former Twins star to cheer.

2B — Dodgers speedster Dee Gor- don gets the nod thanks to all those stolen bases. Chase Utley returns for Philadelph­ia following knee problems, and steady bat Daniel Murphy represents the Mets.

SS — Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies is the runaway choice, backed up by Hanley Ramirez from Los Angeles.

3B — It’s a pair of unexpected first-timers at the hot corner in Todd Frazier from Cincinnati and reserve Anthony Rendon from Washington.

C — Another surprise behind the plate, where Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy starts over two establishe­d stars: Buster Posey of the Giants and Yadier Molina of the Cardinals. They both make the roster, but Miguel Montero of the Diamondbac­ks barely gets squeezed out.

OF — NL MVP Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh is in centre, flanked by Miami strongman Giancarlo Stanton in left and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers in right. The secondstri­ng unit is comprised of Brewers centre-fielder Carlos Gomez, Braves slugger Justin Upton and San Francisco’s Hunter Pence.

SP —Cardinalsr­ight-handerAdam Wainwright also warrants his first start in an All-Star game. The rest of the group includes Reds teammates Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon, Zack Greinke and Josh Beckett from the Dodgers, veteran Tim Hudson of the Giants and youngster Julio Teheran of the Braves. The left-handers are two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) and Madison Bumgarner (Giants).

RP — Francisco Rodriguez, closing again in Milwaukee, punctuates a renaissanc­e season with his first AllStar selection in five years. Rounding out the bullpen are Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel, San Diego’s Huston Street and Washington’s Rafael Soriano.

 ?? Chris Young/The Canadian Press ?? Toronto Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacio­n celebrates after hitting a walk-off homer against Milwaukee Brewers. Encarnacio­n is hoping his power numbers will land him a spot on the American League All-Star team.
Chris Young/The Canadian Press Toronto Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacio­n celebrates after hitting a walk-off homer against Milwaukee Brewers. Encarnacio­n is hoping his power numbers will land him a spot on the American League All-Star team.

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