Tigers have three All-Stars; Porcello still has chance
JUL 06, 2014 8:13p ET
Porcello did not make the team initially but has a chance in the Final Vote. He's up against four solid pitchers -- Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale, Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber, Los Angeles Angels' Garrett Richards and Houston Astros' Dallas Keuchel.
Porcello is 11-4 with a 3.12 ERA.
Before Porcello's start Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Rays on national TV, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus discussed Porcello's chances.
"Not that this game has an effect on whether he's an All-Star or not, but I hope he goes out there and does well again," Ausmus said. "Not only because I'd like the Tigers to win but because I'd like to see Rick Porcello get a little bit more positive attention on a national scale. If something happens where he's not on the All-Star team but someone goes down, they say, 'Hey, Porcello, did you see him pitch Sunday night on ESPN?' I hope that happens."
Ausmus has been looking to get Cabrera a day off because he won't be getting any rest during the All-Star break.
Cabrera made his ninth All-Star team Sunday night and will make his second straight start. Last year he started at third base, this year he'll start at first. He also started in 2010 when Justin Morneau was injured.
Cabrera appeared on ESPN after the announcement was made and was asked what it meant to get voted as a starter.
"A lot," Cabrera said. "It's an exciting moment. You get to see all of the best players and be a part of the game."
Cabrera beat out Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu and others in the voting, which wasn't close.
Cabrera came into Sunday night's game batting .311 with 14 home runs and 67 RBI. It's not close to what he was hitting at the break last year (.365, 30 HR, 95 RBI), but those were otherworldly numbers.
Baltimore's Nelson Cruz beat Martinez in designated hitter voting but Martinez made it as a reserve.
It is Martinez's fifth All-Star selection and first as a Tiger.
Martinez, who was not in Sunday's lineup because of the lingering soreness in his side/back, is batting .328 with 21 home runs and 55 RBI.
Scherzer, who started the game in his first All-Star appearance last year, had a track record on his side in addition to a 10-3 record and 3.47 ERA.
Cano, given credit for the Mariners' success this season, is batting .320 with six home runs and 51 RBI.
That, and the fact that the Houston Astros needed a representative and Jose Altuve is having a career year meant Kinsler did not make it.
"I think Miggy, Victor, Kinsler, Scherzer, Porcello are all deserving of an All-Star bid," Ausmus said. "I think at any All-Star Game and any manager who's in charge of selecting All-Stars, you'd be hard-pressed to get five players from one team. But I think they're all deserving."
However, it's not all bad for Kinsler and the other guys who didn't make the team.
"Don't get me wrong, all the guys would rather be on the team -- but the All-Star break is really the one vacation you get all season," Ausmus said. "You get a day off here or a day off there, a lot of times it's a travel day. You don't have a lot of time to plan anything or go anywhere. The All-Star break is really the one time where players can shut their brain off from baseball for a few days and really decompress. I think it's important for everyone."