Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Associated Press
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"This is not a simple thing but I'm proud of it," Leyland said. "We worked hard on it. We're not going to be perfect. I put a lot of time and thought into it. I had a lot of help. It's still not going to make everybody happy. There's going to be guys who should be All-Stars who are left off. That happens every year."
Third base was a talent-laden position, and one player to be left off the AL roster was Josh Donaldson of Oakland. The Athletics' one selection was 40-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon.
Colon is an All-Star for the first time since 2005, when he won the AL Cy Young Award with the Angels. At 11-3 with a 2.73 ERA, Colon is making his third All-Star team. But this one comes after he began the season finishing a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
The 20-year-old Harper trailed Justin Upton by several thousand votes, but he homered in his return from the disabled list this week and moved into the lead.
Fellow rookie of the year Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels also was voted to his first All-Star start.
Overall, 30 players will be making their first All-Star appearance.
In the NL, where the preseason favorites are trailing their divisions, no players from the three first-place teams were selected by fans as starters. But the Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates, with baseball's best record at 53-32, landed four players on the squad for the first time since 1981: closer Jason Grilli, right-hander Jeff Locke, third baseman Pedro Alvarez and outfielder Andrew McCutchen.