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Felix Hernandez, Brandon League named to AL All-Star team, Ichiro left off

Post by Ryan Divish on July 3, 2011 at 10:17 am with 1 Comment »
July 3, 2011 3:50 pm

The rosters for the 2011 All-Star game were announced and the Mariners had two players named to the squad that will be managed by Ron Washington. But neither of the players were Ichiro Suzuki.

The 10-time all-star outfielder failed to make the team.

Instead, two pitchers – Felix Hernandez and Brandon League will be going to Phoenix. Although per MLB rules, Felix likely won’t be able to pitch since he’s scheduled to start that Sunday before the game. And Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that he won’t be adjusting his starting rotation.

Felix suggested that Michael Pineda could throw his inning if they don’t allow him to pitch.

Hernandez, 25, has been the anchor of the best starting pitching staff in the American League. Hernandez is 8-7 with a 3.35 ERA (48 ER, 129.0 IP) in a Major League best (tied) 18 starts. Among AL starters he ranks 3rd in strikeouts (124) and 4th in innings pitched (129.0). This will be Hernandez’s second All-Star game, as he pitched a scoreless inning in 2009 in St. Louis.

League, 28, is tied for the American League lead with 21 saves (with Mariano Rivera). He is 0-4 with a 3.48 ERA (13 ER, 33.2 IP) in a team-high 36 appearances. The Hawaiian native heads into today’s game with 18 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run, and has converted his last 12 save opportunities. This is League’s first All-Star selection.

Here’s the full rosters …

American League

Starters
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
SS: Derek Jeter, Yankees
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF: Curtis Granderson, Yankees
OF: Josh Hamilton, Rangers
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
C: Alex Avila, Tigers

Reserves
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B: Howard Kendrick, Angels
3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Twins
OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
OF: Matt Joyce, Rays
OF: Carlos Quentin, White Sox
DH: Michael Young, Rangers
C: Russell Martin, Yankees
C: Matt Wieters, Orioles

Pitchers
RHP: Josh Beckett, Red Sox
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
LHP: David Price, Rays
RHP: James Shields, Rays
RHP: Justin Verlander, Tigers
RHP: Jered Weaver, Angels
LHP: C.J. Wilson, Rangers
LHP: Gio Gonzalez, Athletics
RHP: Aaron Crow, Royals
RHP: Brandon League, Mariners
RHP: Chris Perez, Indians
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
RHP: Jose Valverde, Tigers

National League

Starters
1B: Prince Fielder, Brewers
2B: Rickie Weeks, Brewers
3B: Jose Reyes, Mets
SS: Placido Polanco, Phillies
OF: Lance Berkman, Cardinals
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
C: Brian McCann, Braves

Reserves
1B: Gaby Sanchez, Marlins
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
3B: Chipper Jones, Braves
SS: Starlin Castro, Cubs
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
OF: Jay Bruce, Reds
OF: Matt Holliday, Cardinals
OF: Hunter Pence, Astros
OF: Justin Upton, D-backs
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals

Pitchers
RHP: Matt Cain, Giants
RHP: Roy Halladay, Phillies
LHP: Cole Hamels, Phillies
RHP: Jair Jurrjens, Braves
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
RHP: Tim Lincecum, Giants
RHP: Ryan Vogelsong, Giants
RHP: Heath Bell, Padres
RHP: Tyler Clippard, Nationals
RHP: Joel Hanrahan, Pirates
LHP: Jonny Venters, Braves
RHP: Brian Wilson, Giants

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  1. I agree Ichiro is not an all star player this year.

    Pineda, Fister & Vargas should have been given serious consideration, though; & bedard also if it wasn’t for the injury.

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