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MLB Announces 2022 All-Star Game Starters

Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge

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The starters for the 2022 MLB All-Star game, voted on by the fans, were announced on Friday. Leading the votes in the American League was Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, making his fourth All-Star appearance as he leads baseball with 30 home runs. Giancarlo Stanton will join Judge in the outfield along with Mike Trout. Stanton makes the team for the first time as a Yankee, and Trout continues his streak of ten All-Star appearances since his first full season in 2012. At designated hitter will be two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who last year became the first player to ever start an All-Star game on the mound, earn the win, and bat leadoff. Rounding out the infield will be Alejandro Kirk (C), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1B), Jose Altuve (2B), Rafael Devers (3B), and Tim Anderson (SS). Kirk makes his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic. The 23-year-old backstop has been the game’s best offensive catcher this season, hitting .312/.398/.489 with ten homers, 40 runs scored, and 33 RBI across 274 plate appearances. Added to the roster as a legacy selection will be Miguel Cabrera, a nice sendoff for the future Hall of Famer and 11-time All-Star.

On the National League side, Ronald Acuña Jr. locked in his spot in the starting lineup by leading the league in votes. Even with a late start as he recovered from last season’s torn ACL, the 24-year-old star outfielder is slashing .275/.368/.440 with eight homers and 17 steals across 234 plate appearances. Joining him in the outfield will be Joc Pederson and Mookie Betts. Pederson, a fan favorite across baseball, is making his first All-Star appearance since 2015. Meanwhile, Betts makes it six straight. At designated hitter, Bryce Harper won the vote despite being out with a fractured left thumb. Runner-up William Contreras will likely start, joining his brother Willson (C). Meanwhile, Paul Goldschmidt (1B), Jazz Chisholm (2B), Manny Machado (3B), and Trea Turner (SS) fill out the infield. Chisholm, currently on the injured list with a lower back strain, fully intends on making the start in his first All-Star appearance. Goldschmidt is in the middle of one of his best seasons at age 34, leading the National League in batting average, hitting .344/.427/.617 with 19 homers, 65 RBI, and four steals. Taking a spot on the roster as the legacy addition is Albert Pujols, who will make his eleventh All-Star appearance, and tenth as a Cardinal.

Hitters with an EDGE

Mike Trout vs. Orioles
3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Trout did his thing against the Orioles, blasting a three-run homer in the third inning. He added a pair of base hits and recorded his first stolen base of the season in the fifth inning. Trout is putting up some incredible numbers once again, hitting .271/.370/.612 with 24 homers and 51 RBI across 316 plate appearances.

Michael Harris II vs. Nationals
4-for-4 HR, 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI

Harris II had a big day at the plate against the Nationals, getting a hit in all four plate appearances. He drove in two runs with a double in the second inning. After connecting for base hits in the fourth and sixth innings, he blasted a two-run shot off Erasmo Ramirez in the eighth. The 21-year-old outfielder is slashing an impressive .310/.342/.542 with seven homers, 24 RBI, and six steals across 149 plate appearances.

Matt Carpenter vs. Red Sox
3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Carpenter helped the Yankees in their 12-5 win over the Red Sox with three hits, including a home run and a double. He took a hit-by-pitch in the first inning and scored on a homer by Josh Donaldson. One inning later, he doubled to drive in a run before blasting a leadoff homer in the fourth. The 36-year-old veteran has found some success in New York, hitting .305/.406/.814 with nine homers and 20 RBI across 70 plate appearances.

Starting Pitchers with an EDGE

Shane McClanahan vs. Reds
6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K
12 Swinging-strikes, 36% CSW

McClanahan continued his spectacular season with a six-inning, eight-strikeout performance with one run allowed against the Reds. The one run came on a solo homer by Brandon Drury in the third inning. McClanahan came out of it with a no-decision after the Rays managed just one run against Cincinnati. It was the sixth consecutive start in which he allowed one run or less and the tenth in the last 11, giving him a 1.73 ERA, a 0.81 WHIP, and 141 strikeouts across 104 1/3 innings. Barring a collapse in the second half, the 25-year-old left-hander will be a serious contender for the AL Cy Young Award.

Luis Castillo vs. Rays
7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K
14 Swinging-strikes, 27% CSW

Castillo went toe-to-toe with McClanahan, tossing seven innings with eight strikeouts and one run allowed in a no-decision. He’s been on a bit of a roll after striking out 17 batters while giving up one run across 13 innings over his last two starts. The one run Friday came on a base hit by Ji-Man Choi in the third inning. Castillo will take a 2.92 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts across 71 innings into his next start against the Yankees in New York. The 29-year-old right-hander will be a name to watch leading up to the trade deadline, especially if he continues pitching this well.

Reid Detmers vs. Orioles
6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
13 Swinging-strikes, 29% CSW

Detmers was incredible in his return to the Angels after earning a demotion to Triple-A last month. He made just one start in the minors, striking out 14 across six scoreless innings. The 23-year-old southpaw kept that momentum going Friday as he held the Orioles without a run while striking out seven on 13 whiffs. Detmers tossed 62-of-91 pitches for strikes and allowed just two hits and a walk in the excellent outing. He’ll take a 4.22 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts across 64 innings into a start against the Astros in Anaheim next week.

Priority Pickup

Luke Voit, 1B, Padres -- Available in 62 percent of Yahoo leagues

The Padres get a four-game series in Coors Field against the Rockies to start the week. The last time Voit and the Padres went to Colorado, he went 5-for-10 with five extra-base hits, including four doubles and a homer. Widely available in shallow leagues, it’s the perfect time to add the 31-year-old slugger for the four-game set. And while his season numbers aren’t too impressive, since returning from the injured list on May 10, he’s hitting .255/.327/.484 with ten homers and 30 RBI across 214 plate appearances.

Closing Time

Tanner Scott took the mound for the Marlins with a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Mets. He worked around a walk in a scoreless outing to earn his 11th save of the season.

Michael Fulmer put an end to the White Sox comeback attempt, striking out one batter with one walk allowed in the ninth inning to secure the win for Detroit. It was the second save for Fulmer, who carries a 1.97 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts across 32 innings.

Josh Hader allowed a run for the third consecutive outing but held on to record his 26th save against the Pirates. He walked one batter and gave up two hits while striking out two. Despite the rough stretch, Hader has a 1.88 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts across 28 2/3 innings.

Lucas Luetge pitched the final three innings in the Yankees’ blowout win over the Red Sox to earn his first save. He allowed one walk and one hit while striking out six batters.

After Seranthony Domínguez faced the heart of the Cardinals’ order in the eighth inning, Brad Hand closed things out in the ninth. He needed only eight pitches to get through the perfect frame for his fourth save of the season.

Alex Colome allowed a run on two hits but held on to earn the save against the Diamondbacks. It was the fourth save for Colome to go with a 2.81 ERA and 22 strikeouts across 32 innings.

After Blake Snell tossed six innings against the Giants, Nick Martinez finished the game while allowing two runs over the final three frames to earn the save.

Matchup of the Day

Alek Manoah (TOR) vs. Robbie Ray (SEA)

Saturday’s top matchup features two of the better pitchers in the American League and some of the game’s most exciting young hitters, including All-Star Game starters Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Alejandro Kirk. Manoah brings a 9-3 record with a 2.33 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 90 strikeouts across 100 1/3 innings. He’ll be looking to bounce back from his last start, in which he allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings against the A’s. While Manoah has struggled a bit of late, Ray has been on an excellent run. He’s coming off 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball with 12 strikeouts against those same A’s to give him a 3.62 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 117 strikeouts over 104 1/3 innings.

American League Quick Hits: Chris Sale will make his 2022 season debut on Tuesday against the Rays in Tampa Bay... Brandon Lowe was removed from Thursday’s minor league game for Triple-A Durham after being hit in the helmet by a pitch... Mitch Garver will undergo season-ending surgery on Monday to repair his injured flexor tendon... Red Sox placed Michael Wacha on the 15-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation... Joe Barlow has been removed from the closer role for the Rangers... The Twins signed Michael Boyle to a minor league contract... Guardians recalled Nick Sandlin from Triple-A... Angels released Wander Suero and optioned Oliver Ortega to Triple-A... Tigers signed Nick Vincent to a minor league contract... Angels sent Jack Mayfield and Tyler Wade to Triple-A... The MRI on the injured right shoulder of Michael Lorenzen revealed no structural damage... Blue Jays activated Yimi García from the 15-day injured list and optioned Casey Lawrence to Triple-A Buffalo...

National League Quick Hits: Jacob deGrom struck out six batters over three scoreless innings in a minor league rehab start with Single-A St. Lucie... Chris Bassitt was activated from the COVID-19 injured list... Joey Votto remained out Friday with back tightness... Marcus Stroman will return from the injured list to start against the Dodgers on Saturday... Jurickson Profar was diagnosed with a concussion and a cervical neck strain... Adam Duvall was placed on the paternity leave list... Giants placed Tommy La Stella on the COVID-19 injured list and activated Thairo Estrada... Mike Soroka has been shut down from throwing after being hit in the knee by a comebacker during live batting practice... Braves signed Roel Ramirez to a minor league contract... Rockies released Colton Welker... Reds designated Robert Dugger for assignment... Alexis Diaz was activated from the 15-day injured list... Marlins recalled Elieser Hernandez from Triple-A Jacksonville and optioned Tommy Nance... Pirates activated Kevin Newman from the 60-day injured list and optioned Bligh Madris to Triple-A... Cardinals activated Génesis Cabrera from the COVID-19 injured list and optioned James Naile to Triple-A...