Orioles will have four players on American League All-Star team
The Baltimore Orioles are sending four players to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.
Outfielder Adam Jones, third baseman Manny Machado, relief pitcher Darren O'Day and closer Zach Britton were selected to the American League team on Monday.
Jones earned his fifth All-Star appearance, while Machado is an All-Star for the second time. Both O'Day and Britton are first-time All-Stars.
Jones, despite missing some time with injuries, is hitting .286 with 10 homers and 38 RBIs entering Monday's game.
Machado, meanwhile, is hitting .299 with 17 homers, 46 RBIs and 13 steals.
Britton is among the AL saves leaders with 23 and has a 1.82 ERA. O'Day is 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies, who have the worst record in baseball, will have just one All-Star — closer Jonathan Papelbon, who will make his sixth All-Star appearance. He has 14 saves and a 1.65 ERA.
Like the Orioles, the Pittsburgh Pirates have four All-Stars.
Andrew McCutchen earned fifth straight All-Star appearance and will replace the injured Giancarlo Stanton in the starting lineup for the National League.
McCutchen (.297, 10 homers, 51 RBIs) will be joined by first-timers A.J. Burnett (7-3, 2.05 ERA) and Gerrit Cole (12-3, 2.28 ERA), and fellow 2013 All-Star Mark Melancon (27 saves, 1.58 ERA) in the Pirates contingent.
The Washington Nationals will have two All-Stars — outfielder Bryce Harper and pitcher Max Scherzer (9-6, 1.82 ERA). Harper (.347, 25 homers, 60 RBIs) will start for the NL.
Burnett, in his 17th and what he says will be his final season, is 38 and is the oldest player headed to the game. Harper, a three-time All-Star at age 22, is the youngest. Harper said Monday he won't participate in the Home Run Derby because his father isn't available to pitch to him following shoulder surgery.
The game is set for Tuesday, July 14, in Cincinnati.
All-Star notes: Less than three months after making his major league debut, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is an All-Star, one of two rookies selected along with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.
But there was no room on the roster for Alex Rodriguez, enjoying a renaissance in his return to the New York Yankees following a season-long drug suspension.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal also was a first-time selection Monday. Grandal became the third All-Star this year who served a drug-related suspension following MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic. Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz and St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta were elected by fans to start.
Albert Pujols of the Angels will start at first base for the AL in place of Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who injured a calf muscle Friday.
The 23-year-old Bryant made his big league debut April 17 and began Monday with a .279 average, 12 homers and 49 RBIs.
Rodriguez is hitting .284 during a season in which he passed Willie Mays for fourth on the career home run list and topped 3,000 hits. But Texas' Prince Fielder, who was elected by players, joined Cruz as the only DHs on the AL roster.