Major League Baseball announced the selections of seven players to the active All-Star rosters as replacements for All-Stars unable to participate in Tuesday’s 88th Midsummer Classic. Newly-named American League All-Stars include Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, Seattle Mariners second basemanRobinson Canó, Houston Astros reliever Chris Devenski, Minnesota Twins reliever Brandon Kintzler, Toronto Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna and Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton, while Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood joins the National League Team.
The players unable to participate in the 2017 All-Star Game include four pitchers scheduled to start for their respective Clubs on Sunday – Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers, Michael Fulmer of the Tigers, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians – and three players currently on the disabled list – Starlin Castro of the New York Yankees, Dallas Keuchel of the Astros and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.
This marks the second All-Star selection for Archer, who will join his teammate Corey Dickerson and manager Kevin Cash in Miami. The 28-year-old right-hander is 7-5 on the season with a 3.95 ERA and 139 strikeouts over 116.1 innings pitched. The North Carolina native has tossed at least 6.0 innings in 15 of his Major League-high-tying 18 starts this season.
In his third Major League season, Osuna is an All-Star for the first time, joining teammate Justin Smoak in Miami. The 22-year-old native of Mexico is 2-0 on the season with 22 saves, a 2.06 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 34.0 innings pitched. Osuna, who is already fourth on the Club’s all-time saves list, became the youngest player in Major League history last month to notch 75 career saves.
Upton becomes an All-Star for the fourth time in his career, and the first time in the AL. The 29-year-old, who joins the replaced Fulmer as 2017 Tigers All-Stars, is batting .271 on the season with 15 home runs and 54 RBI. The Virginia native tied for second in the AL with 27 RBI during the month of June.
Wood, in his fifth Major League season, is also a first-time All-Star. The 26-year-old left-hander becomes the sixth Dodgers All-Star selection, marking the most in the NL. He joins Cody Bellinger, Kenley Jansen, Kershaw, Corey Seager and Justin Turner as an NL All-Star. On Wednesday, Wood improved to 10-0 on the season with a 1.67 ERA and 97 strikeouts over 80.2 innings pitched. With a win in each of his 10 decisions this season, Wood tied the Dodgers record for consecutive wins to start a season, joining Larry French (1942), Preacher Roe (1951), Don Newcombe (1955) and Ed Roebuck (1962).
Canó, who replaces the player-elected Starlin Castro as a result of his standing on the AL Player Ballot, becomes an All-Star for the eighth time in his career, matching St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina for the most among 2017 All-Stars. The 34-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, who will join teammate Nelson Cruz at the Midsummer Classic, is batting .275 on the season with 17 home runs and 60 RBI. Canó has a Major-League best three games with at least five RBI this season.
Devenski, in his second Major League season, has been named an All-Star for the first time. The 26-year-old is 6-3 on the season with three saves, a 2.09 ERA and 72 strikeouts over 51.2 innings pitched. Houston now has a Major League-leading six All-Stars, including Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and George Springer. Devenski’s six wins are the most among Major League relievers and his 72 strikeouts are the third-most in Astros history by a reliever prior to the All-Star break, trailing Brad Lidge (78 in 2004) and Billy Wagner (75 in 1999).
Kintzler is an All-Star for the first time in his eight-year career. The 32-year-old is 2-1 on the season with 23 saves, a 2.35 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 38.1 innings pitched. He will join fellow Twins All-Stars Miguel Sanó and Ervin Santana in Miami. Kintzler, who is 40-for-46 in save opportunities since the start of 2016, is the second Twins pitcher since 2010 to convert at least 20 saves prior to the All-Star break, joining Glen Perkins (2013) and Jon Rauch (2010).
With the new All-Star appointments, there are now 28 first-time All-Stars (18 AL, 10 NL) and 33 players (19 AL, 14 NL) age 27-or-younger to be selected to the All-Star rosters. In addition, there are now 23 foreign-born players on the All-Star rosters (17 AL, 6 NL), including players from the Dominican Republic (10), Venezuela (4), Puerto Rico (3), Curaҫao (2), Canada (1), Cuba (1), Japan (1) and Mexico (1).