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Altuve tops All-Star voting; Astros, Red Sox, Indians lead with 5 selections each

By Field Level Media
July 08. 2018 10:11PM
Boston's Mookie Betts singles during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports)

Reigning American League MVP Jose Altuve led all of Major League Baseball in All-Star voting to earn his sixth career selection, one of five Houston Astros to be chosen when rosters were announced on Sunday.

The Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians also have five players apiece heading to the July 17 game in Washington.

The Astros had two reserves (George Springer, Alex Bregman) and two pitchers (Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander) join Altuve, selected as the AL’s starting second baseman. The total of five All-Stars falls one shy of the franchise record set last year.

Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Mitch Moreland, Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel will represent the Red Sox, while Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer are the Indians’ All-Stars.

Joining Altuve, Ramirez (third base), Betts (outfield) and Martinez (designated hitter) in the AL starting lineup are Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos, Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and outfielders Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.

The National League starters are Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielders Nick Markakis (Braves), Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals).

Altuve garnered 4.85 million votes, becoming the first Astro ever to lead the majors in voting and the first second baseman to do so since Alfonso Soriano in 2004. He outpaced Betts (4.29 million votes).

Freeman (4.04 million) led the National League by a comfortable margin over his Braves teammate, Markakis (3.56 million).

Markakis earned his first-ever All-Star nod in his 13th season, setting a record for the most games played (1,927) before his first selection.

The Cubs (Baez, Contreras) and Red Sox (Betts, Martinez) joined the Braves as teams with multiple starters elected by fans. This year marks the first time that more than seven teams were represented in the AL starting lineup.

After the Astros, Red Sox and Indians, the Yankees were the only AL team with four selections. The Seattle Mariners have three.

The Braves were the only NL team to have more than three selections, with Ozzie Albies and Mike Foltynewicz joining Freeman and Markakis to make four total. The Cubs, Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and Nationals each have three All-Stars.

The Camping World All-Star Final Vote will determine the 32nd spot for each of the two teams. The AL finalists are Andrew Benintendi (Red Sox), Eddie Rosario (Minnesota Twins), Jean Segura (Mariners), Andrelton Simmons (Angels) and Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees). The NL finalists are Jesus Aguilar (Brewers), Brandon Belt (Giants), Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals), Max Muncy (Dodgers) and Trea Turner (Nationals).

The full All-Star rosters are below (number of career All-Star selections in parenthesis):

NL starters:

C — Willson Contreras, Cubs (1)

1B — Freddie Freeman, Braves (3)

2B — Javier Baez, Cubs (1)

SS — Brandon Crawford, Giants (2)

3B — Nolan Arenado, Rockies (4)

OF — Bryce Harper, Nationals (6)

OF — Matt Kemp, Dodgers (3)

OF — Nick Markakis, Braves (1)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to choose DH

NL Reserves:

C — Buster Posey, Giants (6)

C — J.T. Realmuto, Marlins (1)

1B — Joey Votto, Reds (6)

1B — Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (6)

2B — Scooter Gennett, Reds (1)

2B — Ozzie Albies, Braves (1)

SS — Trevor Story, Rockies (1)

3B — Eugenio Suarez, Reds (1)

OF — Lorenzo Cain, Brewers (2)

OF — Christian Yelich, Brewers (1)

OF — Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (3)

NL Pitchers:

Max Scherzer, Nationals (6)

Jacob deGrom, Mets (2)

Jon Lester, Cubs (5)

Aaron Nola, Phillies (1)

Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks (2)

Mike Foltynewicz, Braves (1)

Miles Mikolas, Cardinals (1)

Josh Hader, Brewers (1)

Kenley Jansen, Dodgers (3)

Sean Doolittle, Nationals (2)

Brad Hand, Padres (2)

Felipe Vazquez, Pirates (1)

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AL Starters

C — Wilson Ramos, Rays (2)

1B — Jose Abreu, White Sox (2)

2B — Jose Altuve, Astros (6)

SS — Manny Machado, Orioles (4)

3B — Jose Ramirez, Indians (2)

OF — Mookie Betts, Red Sox (3)

OF — Aaron Judge, Yankees (2)

OF — Mike Trout, Angels (7)

DH — J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (2)

AL Pitchers

Justin Verlander, Astros (7)

Corey Kluber, Indians (3)

Chris Sale, Red Sox (7)

Luis Severino, Yankees (2)

Gerrit Cole, Astros (2)

Jose Berrios, Twins (1)

J.A. Happ, Blue Jays (1)

*-Trevor Bauer, Indians (1)

Edwin Diaz, Mariners (1)

Joe Jimenez, Tigers (1)

Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (7)

Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (5)

Blake Treinen, Athletics (1)

*-replaces Verlander, who is scheduled to pitch July 15

AL Reserves

C — Salvador Perez, Royals (6)

1B — Mitch Moreland, Red Sox (1)

2B — Gleyber Torres, Yankees (1)

SS — Francisco Lindor, Indians (3)

3B — Alex Bregman, Astros (1)

OF — Michael Brantley, Indians (3)

OF — George Springer, Astros (2)

OF — Mitch Haniger, Mariners (1)

OF — Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers (1)

DH — Nelson Cruz, Mariners (6)

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