News

Orioles’ Cruz, Yankees’ Jeter make All-Star rosters

Orioles’ Cruz, Yankees’ Jeter make All-Star rosters

ALL STAR:Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz (23) reacts after being tagged out at third base during the eighth inning in game two against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Baltimore slugger Nelson Cruz was named to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on Sunday, one season after serving a 50-game suspension in conjunction with baseball’s performance-enhancing drugs scandal.

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who is retiring after this season, and team mate Masahiro Tanaka, the Japanese rookie who has the most wins of any pitcher in the American League, also were selected by Major League Baseball for the July 15 game in Minnesota.

For the National League, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will make his All-Star debut after controversially being omitted last year.

Cruz, 34, will be the American League’s designated hitter. The slugger is tied for the Major League-lead with 27 home runs after signing with Baltimore in the off-season.

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones will join Cruz in the American League starting lineup. Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters was also voted to start by the fans, but is injured and will be replaced by Kansas City’s Salvador Perez.

Jeter will make his 14th appearance in the All-Star Game and be reunited with Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano, who left the Yankees in the off-season.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Detroit’s two-time defending most valuable player Miguel Cabrera, Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson and Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista also will be on the American League starting lineup.

Tanaka, who has exploded onto the scene with 12 wins, will join a pitching staff that includes Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer of the Tigers, Texas’s Yu Darvish, Boston’s Jon Lester, Tampa Bay’s David Price, Oakland’s Scott Kazmir and Toronto’s Mark Buehrle.

Puig will play in the National League outfield alongside Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina will make his sixth straight All Star appearance. Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez and Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki also will be in the National League infield.

Pitchers include Dodgers starters Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, St. Louis’s Adam Wainwright, Atlanta’s Julio Teheran, Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann, Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto and San Diego’s Tyson Ross.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Gene Cherry)

Recent Headlines

1 hour ago in Entertainment

‘Angry Birds,’ apps to go hand-in-hand at the movies

Fresh
21-overlay-15

Creators of the upcoming "The Angry Birds Movie" movie will ask audiences to whip out their phones during the end credits and point them at the screen.

2 hours ago in Music

Martina McBride cuts her hair for ‘Reckless’

24-overlay-7

She says it was no big deal and it was such a great metaphor for the idea of being reckless.

3 hours ago in Entertainment

‘Fast & Furious 8’ revs up for historic Cuba shoot

Updated
FastCuba575123770627

Director F. Gary Gray has turned the key on the "Fast 8" production in Havana, making movie history by becoming the first filmmaker to shoot a major Hollywood project in Cuba in over 50 years.

5 hours ago in Entertainment

Sylvester Stallone starring in TV adaptation of ‘Omerta’

stallone95828264444

The "Rocky" star will play mob boss Raymonde Aprile in the series inspired by "The Godfather" author Mario Puzo's book.

5 hours ago in Entertainment

REVIEW: Key and Peele put a paw print in the win column with ‘Keanu’

Updated
13-overlay-13

The best of Key and Peele's work on Comedy Central was as smart as it was funny. "Keanu" is proof they haven't gone soft by going Hollywood.