ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS, RESERVES ANNOUNCED

2023-07-07 · 3 min read · MLB/Baseball
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Overshadowed amidst Canada Day weekend north of the border, the MLB has unveiled both the AL and NL rosters - and although no Blue Jays were voted starters, there will be (at least) four heading to Seattle during the week of festivities.
Kevin Gausman, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Whit Merrifield were all announced as representatives of Toronto for the upcoming All-Star Break, with Matt Chapman and Kevin Kiermaier narrowly missing the cut. Should players opt out due to injury or rest-related reasons, there is a chance either Chapman or Kiermaier may fill-in.
As far as how the two teams look in total, current (as of July 7th) rosters are as follows:
AMERICAN LEAGUE:
  • Jonah Heim, C, Texas (Starter)
  • Yandy Diaz, 1B, Tampa Bay (Starter)
  • Marcus Semien, 2B, Texas (Starter)
  • Josh Jung, 3B, Texas (Starter)
  • Corey Seager, SS, Texas (Starter)
  • Aaron Judge, OF, New York (Starter, will not play)
  • Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles (Starter, will not play)
  • Randy Arozarena, OF, Tampa Bay (Starter)
  • Shohei Ohtani, DH, Los Angeles (Also selected as pitcher)
  • Salvador Perez, C, Kansas City
  • Adley Rutschman, C, Baltimore
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Toronto
  • Whit Merrifield, 2B, Toronto
  • Bo Bichette, SS, Toronto
  • Jose Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland
  • Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay (replaces Aaron Judge)
  • Luis Robert Jr., OF, Chicago
  • Austin Hays, OF, Baltimore (Starting in place of Aaron Judge)
  • Yordan Alvarez, OF, Houston (will not play)
  • Adolis Garcia, OF, Texas (Starting in place of Mike Trout)
  • Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle (replaces Yordan Alvarez)
  • Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston (replaces Mike Trout)
  • Brent Rooker, DH, Oakland
  • Gerrit Cole, SP, New York
  • Luis Castillo, SP, Seattle
  • Sonny Gray, SP, Minnesota
  • Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Texas
  • Kevin Gausman, SP, Toronto
  • Shane McClanahan, SP, Tampa Bay (will not play)
  • Framber Valdez, SP, Houston
  • Michael Lorenzen, SP, Detroit
  • Kenley Jansen, RP, Boston
  • Emmanuel Clase, RP, Cleveland
  • Felix Bautista, RP, Baltimore
  • Yennier Cano, RP, Baltimore
  • George Kirby, SP, Seattle (replaces Shane McClanahan)
NATIONAL LEAGUE:
  • Sean Murphy, C, Atlanta (Starter)
  • Freddie Freeman, 1B, Los Angeles (Starter)
  • Luis Arraez, 2B, Miami (Starter)
  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, St. Louis (Starter)
  • Orlando Arcia, SS, Atlanta (Starter)
  • Ronald Acuna Jr., OF, Atlanta (Starter)
  • Mookie Betts, OF, Los Angeles (Starter)
  • Corbin Carroll, OF, Arizona (Starter)
  • J.D. Martinez, DH, Los Angeles (Starter)
  • Will Smith, C, Los Angeles
  • Elias Diaz, C, Colorado
  • Matt Olson, 1B, Atlanta
  • Pete Alonso, 1B, New York
  • Ozzie Albies, 2B, Atlanta
  • Austin Riley, 3B, Atlanta
  • Dansby Swanson, SS, Chicago
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr., OF, Arizona
  • Nick Castellanos, OF, Philadelphia
  • Juan Soto, OF, San Diego
  • Jorge Soler, DH, Miami
  • Zac Gallen, SP, Arizona
  • Spencer Strider, SP, Atlanta
  • Bryce Elder, SP, Atlanta
  • Justin Steele, SP, Chicago
  • Marcus Stroman, SP, Chicago
  • Mitch Keller, SP, Pittsburgh
  • Josiah Gray, SP, Washington
  • Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles (will not play)
  • Alexis Diaz, RP, Cincinnati
  • Josh Hader, RP, San Diego
  • Devin Williams, RP, Milwaukee
  • Camilo Dival, RP, San Francisco
  • David Bednar, RP, Pittsburgh (replaces Clayton Kershaw)
Dusty Baker will manage for the American League, while Canadian Rob Thomson will manage for the National League.
Additionally, the eight contestants in this year’s Home Run Derby have also been announced, with Pete Alonso, Julio Rodriguez, Mookie Betts, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Adley Rutschman, Luis Robert Jr., Adolis Garcia, and Randy Arozarena all participating.
The Home Run Derby will be played on July 10th while the All-Star Game itself will wrap up the festivities on July 11th. The All-Star Futures Game will be played on July 8th, as Toronto will have two representatives - Yosver Zulueta and Sem Robberse, both pitchers.
Toronto heads into the All-Star break with a three-game set against Detroit starting Friday, highlighted by Alek Manoah’s return to the mound. Post-break, Toronto will pick up their schedule with a six-game homestand against Arizona and San Diego. The first pitch flies tonight at 6:40 pm EST, as Detroit counters with righty Alex Faedo.
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