Braun added to All-Star team
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will be in the All-Star Game after all.
Kershaw, the 2014 Cy Young Award winner and NL MVP, was not selected as one of the All-Star pitchers by San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Kershaw then lost out to St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez in the Final Vote for the NL All-Star team.
However, pitcher Max Scherzer, who was selected to the All-Star squad, won’t be eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Cincinnati because he is starting Sunday’s game for the Washington Nationals.
Kershaw will replace Scherzer, according to the Los Angeles Times, and will be on the All-Star roster for a fifth straight year.
Kershaw has not been as impressive in the first half of 2015 as he was in 2014. He was 21-3 with 1.77 ERA last season, but is 6-6 with a 2.85 ERA this year. He did pitch a complete-game shutout in his last start on Wednesday, though.
Also, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was added to the NL All-Star roster, repacing injured Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals. Braun is hitting .272 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs.
Pitcher Hector Santiago of the Los Angeles Angels was added to the American League All-Star team as replacement for Oakland A’s right-hander Sonny Gray, who also started a game Sunday. Santiago is 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA.
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and outfielder Brett Gardner, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki previously had been added to the rosters to replace injured players.
They replaced Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, and Miami Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and second baseman Dee Gordon.