NEW YORK (AP) — A year after Shohei Ohtani became baseball’s first two-way All-Star, the Los Angeles Angels sensation has done it again.
Ohtani was selected to the American League pitching staff on Sunday as a Major League Baseball pick, two days after being voted by fans to start at designated hitter.
Pitchers Clay Holmes, Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes made the Yankees’ AL team with receiver Jose Trevino, giving New York six stars for the first time since 2011. Outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were voted in for begin.
Defending AL champion Houston has five stars, with pitchers Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez, outfielder Kyle Tucker and designated hitter Yordan Alvarez selected with starting second baseman Jose Altuve. Alvarez went on the injured list on Sunday due to inflammation in his right hand.
World Series champion Atlanta also has five. Pitcher Max Fried, receiver Travis d’Arnaud, shortstop Dansby Swanson and DH Willam Contreras joined outfielder-elect Ronald Acuna Jr.
Contreras will be the NL DH in place of Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper, who was elected to start but broke his left thumb on June 25.
Contreras joins Chicago Cubs wide receiver Willson Contreras as the first brothers in the same All-Star Game since Aaron and Bret Boone in 2003. They will be only the fifth brothers to start in an All-Star Game after Mort and Walker Cooper in 1942 and ’43, Dixie and Harry Walker in 1947, Joe and Dom DiMaggio in 1949, and Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992.
Pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin were selected from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who host the All-Star Game on July 19, joining starting outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Trea Turner. Kershaw was picked by MLB and is a favorite to open on the mound for the NL, which has lost eight straight All-Star Games and 20 of the last 23 played by a decision.
The New York, St. Louis and Toronto Mets also have four stars.
Seattle outfielder Julio Rodriguez was the only rookie chosen and at 21 is the youngest of this year’s All-Stars. There are 30 first-time All-Stars and Rodriguez, who made his debut on April 8, is among 10 aged 24 or younger.
Ohtani, the reigning AL MVP, is hitting .260 with 19 home runs and 59 RBIs and is 8-4 with a 2.44 ERA, 111 strikeouts and 20 walks in 81 innings. He’s won five straight starts and is coming off a Wednesday outing in Miami when he became the first player in major league history to strike out 10, drive in two runs and steal a base.
In last year’s AL 5-2 win at Colorado, Ohtani pitched a 1-2-3 first inning as he retired Fernando Tatis Jr., Max Muncy and Nolan Arenado, and retired twice.
Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is the senior star player with 12 picks and St. Louis DH Albert Pujols is second with 11, both baseball commissioner Rob Manfred’s picks under a career achievement provision in the new collective agreement.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is next with 10, followed by Kershaw and Verlander with nine apiece. The trout was picked for the ninth time in a row.
AL pitchers elected to start by players included Emmanuel Clase of Cleveland, Jorge Lopez of Baltimore, Alek Manoah of Toronto, Shane McClanahan of Tampa Bay as well as Cole, Cortes, Holmes and Verlander.
Player-chosen NL pitchers were Sandy Alcantara of Miami, Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader of Milwaukee, Edwin Diaz of the Mets, Ryan Helsley of St. Louis and Joe Musgrove of San Diego as well as Fried and Gonsolin.
The AL position players chosen by their colleagues were Minnesota infielder Luis Arraez, Cleveland second baseman Andres Gimenez and third baseman Jose Ramirez, Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielders Byron Buxton of Minnesota and George Springer of Toronto with Alvarez, Trevino and Tucker.
Player-selected NL position players were Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and outfielder Starling Marte, St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado, and Philadelphia outfielders Kyle Schwarber and Cubs outfielder Ian Happ of Chicago with d’Arnaud, Contreras and Swanson.
MLB has called up seven players from the AL, with Ohtani, Rodriguez and Valdez joined by pitchers Paul Blackburn from Oakland, Gregory Soto from Detroit and Martin Perez from Texas as well as Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
MLB NL picks included Pittsburgh’s David Bednar, Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Arizona’s Joe Mantiply and Kershaw for the pitching staff, as well as Colorado first baseman CJ Cron and Washington outfielder Juan Soto .
At least one player must be included among the 30 teams. Twenty-eight All-Stars were born outside of the 50 states.