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Jose Altuve the leading vote-getter on American League All-Star roster

Sixth All-Star appearance & fourth start for Astros second baseman

Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the reigning American League MVP, received the most votes from fans and will start at second base for the American League in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, set for July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.

The rosters were announced on Sunday, including nine AL starters elected by the fans. Altuve received 4,849,630 votes to pace both rosters and will start at second base for the fourth consecutive season. It’s the sixth overall All-Star appearance for Altuve, who has won three of the last four AL batting titles and ranks second in the American League in batting average this year (.338).

AL All-Star starters

Pos Player Team ASG
Pos Player Team ASG
C Wilson Ramos Rays 2nd
1B Jose Abreu White Sox 2nd
2B Jose Altuve Astros 6th
3B Jose Ramirez Indians 2nd
SS Manny Machado Orioles 4th
OF Mike Trout Angels 7th
OF Mookie Betts Red Sox 3rd
OF Aaron Judge Yankees 2nd
DH J.D. Martinez Red Sox 2nd

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout is an All-Star for the seventh time in his seven full seasons, hitting .312/.455/.630 with 25 home runs in 2018. He’ll be joined in the outfield by Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts, making his third All-Star Game, and last year’s AL MVP runner-up Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.

Free agent to be Baltimore Orioles infielder Manny Machado is an All-Star for the fourth time in his career, but for the first time as a shortstop. His previous three appearances came as a third baseman.

J.D. Martinez, who leads the majors in home runs (27), RBI (74) and total bases in his first season with the Boston Red Sox, will start at designated hitter for his first All-Star selection since 2015.

The nine American League starters are spread across eight different teams, with Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos each making their second All-Star roster in 2018.

Fans don’t vote for pitchers, but fellow players do, selecting five starters and three relievers. The AL All-Star starting pitchers selected by their peers are Justin Verlander of the Astros, Corey Kluber of the Indians, Chris Sale of the Red Sox, Gerrit Cole of the Astros and Luis Severino of the Yankees.

Verlander, a seven-time All-Star, won’t pitch in the All-Star Game this year as he will start for Houston next Sunday, the final game before the break. Trevor Bauer of the Indians will take his place on the roster.

Reliever All-Stars selected by the players are Craig Kimbrel of Boston, Edwin Diaz of the Seattle Mariners and Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees.

Players select nine position players, with the remaining players selected by the commissioner’s office.

Full AL All-Star roster

Pos Player Team How selected
Pos Player Team How selected
C Wilson Ramos Rays Fan Vote
1B Jose Abreu White Sox Fan Vote
2B Jose Altuve Astros Fan Vote
3B Jose Ramirez Indians Fan Vote
SS Manny Machado Orioles Fan Vote
OF Mike Trout Angels Fan Vote
OF Mookie Betts Red Sox Fan Vote
OF Aaron Judge Yankees Fan Vote
DH J.D. Martinez Red Sox Fan Vote
C Salvador Perez Royals Player Vote
1B Mitch Moreland Red Sox Player Vote
2B Gleyber Torres Yankees Player Vote
3B Alex Bregman Astros Player Vote
SS Francisco Lindor Indians Player Vote
OF George Springer Astros Player Vote
OF Mitch Haniger Mariners Player Vote
OF Michael Brantley Indians Player Vote
DH Nelson Cruz Mariners Player Vote
OF Shin-Soo Choo Rangers Commissioner
SP Justin Verlander Astros Player Vote
SP Corey Kluber Indians Player Vote
SP Chris Sale Red Sox Player Vote
SP Luis Severino Yankees Player Vote
SP Gerrit Cole Astros Player Vote
RP Aroldis Chapman Yankees Player Vote
RP Craig Kimbrel Red Sox Player Vote
RP Edwin Diaz Mariners Player Vote
SP J.A. Happ Blue Jays Commissioner
RP Joe Jimenez Tigers Commissioner
RP Blake Treinen Athletics Commissioner
SP Jose Berrios Twins Commissioner
SP Trevor Bauer Indians (Verlander replacement)