Rangers become first team with 5 All-Star starters in 47 years

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Saturday, July 8, 2023

NEW YORK -- Texas will become the first team in 47 years to have five position players start in the All-Star Game after the Rangers' Adolis Garciawas picked Friday to join the American League lineup as an injury replacement.

Garcia was named to the AL team along with Baltimore OriolesoutfielderAustin HaysandLos Angeles Angelspitcher Carlos Estevez. They take over for New York YankeesoutfielderAaron Judge, Angels outfielderMike TroutandCleveland Guardians closerEmmanuel Clase.

On the NL side, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Geraldo Perdomo was named as an injury replacement for Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson.

Estevez and Perdomo are first-time All-Stars.

Garcia joins Rangers catcher Jonah Heim, second baseman Marcus Semien, shortstop Corey Seager and third baseman Josh Jung in the AL lineup for Tuesday's game at Seattle. The non-Rangers are Tampa Bay first baseman Yandy Díaz and outfielder Randy Arozarena, Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani and Hays.

The only other teams with five position players to start the All-Star Game were the 1939 Yankees and the 1956, 1957 and 1976Cincinnati Reds.

Judge hasn't played since tearing a ligament in his right big toe June 3 while crashing into a bullpen gate as he made a catch at Dodger Stadium. Trout broke his left wrist fouling off a pitch Monday and had surgery Wednesday.

Clase, who is tied for first in the major leagues with 42 appearances and ranks fourth with 24 saves, withdrew from the All-Star Game in order to spend time with his pregnant girlfriend in the Dominican Republic. He will remain with the Guardians through Sunday's home series finale against Kansas City.

Swanson is dealing with a bruised heel and decided not to play in the All-Star Game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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