Derek Jeter has been the face of baseball for quite some time. Now in his final season, the Captain will be in Minnesota on July 15 for his 14th All-Star Game. Once again, home-field advantage in the World Series will be on the line at Target Field in Minnesota. And once again, Jeter and his Yankees could be the beneficiaries. Then again, Mike Trout and the Angels could be, as well. Odds are he will at least take Jeter's torch as the new face of baseball. To see all the familiar faces — and the new stars, too — tune in to FOX at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 15. And click here for the NL roster.
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AL C: Salvador Perez, Royals
All-Star Game: 2nd. Stats: .284, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 37 R — Perez finished fifth in fan voting but first among the players, and with vote-winner Matt Wieters of the Orioles out for the season with an elbow injury, Perez will become the first Royals player to start an All-Star Game since outfielder Jermaine Dye in 2000. Perez was behind the plate in last year's Midsummer Classic when Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 eighth during the AL's 3-0 win. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
AL 1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
All-Star Game: 9th. Stats: .309, 14 HR, 74 RBI, 57 R — If his first-half numbers seem down a bit, it's only because of the impossibly high standard the two-time reigning AL MVP has set. Cabrera is still one of the AL's most feared hitters, with a slash line of .313/.373/.545. Now he'll get a chance to improve on his un-Miggy-like All-Star batting mark of 2 for 12. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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AL 2B: Robinson Cano, Mariners
All-Star Game: 6th. Stats: .330, 6 HR, 53 RBI, 47 R — The fans — at least those who don't wear pinstriped pajamas — didn't hold it against Cano for taking the big money to leave the Yankees and head to the Pacific Northwest. And Cano did plenty to maintain that support: He's in the top 10 in the AL in batting average and on-base percentage, and on track for his fourth 100-RBI season. He's a huge reason that the Mariners are eight games over .500 and currently sitting in a wild-card spot. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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AL SS: Derek Jeter, Yankees
All-Star Game: 14th. Stats: .269, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 30 R — Forget the individual stats, team records and All-Star Game location. This All-Star Game belongs to Jeter. Playing in his final season, the Captain will be the headliner at Target Field. Despite his very un-Jeter statistics, Jeter will be the center of attention in his 14th and final All-Star Game (only Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra made more in Yankee uniforms). Perhaps he can ask former teammate Mariano Rivera for tips on handling the emotions — Mo was the star of last season's Midsummer Classic in his swan song. And there won't be any other Yankees for Jeter to lean on in Minnesota — first-timers Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances are the only Pinstripers selected for the game. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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AL 3B: Josh Donaldson, A's
All-Star Game: 1st. Stats: .241, 20 HR, 65 RBI, 61 R — You might say Donaldson has backed his way into this All-Star start off a solid April and May. The A's third baseman hit about .280 for the first two months of the season with 15 homers. But he has slumped since then, hitting about 100 points lower, including a 3-for-45 stretch in June. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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AL OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
All-Star Game: 5th. Stats: .295, 17 HR, 54 RBI, 57 R — Joey Bats, the AL's top vote-getter, has been entrusted to choose the AL's sluggers for the Home Run Derby as the league's captain. Of course, he's a darned good choice himself. But he's not all power. Bautista, who led the league in walks three years ago, is around the top again, putting his on-base percentage among the best. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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AL OF: Mike Trout, Angels
All-Star Game: 3rd. Stats: .310, 22 HR, 69 RBI, 64 R, 10 SB — Like one of his monster homers — say, the shot that became the longest ever at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium — there was no doubt about Trout's All-Star selection. At 22 and headed to this third All-Star Game, Trout could someday challenge Cal Ripken's AL record for All-Star selections — 19. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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AL OF: Adam Jones, OF
All-Star Game: 4th. Stats: .306, 16 HR, 54 RBI, 54 R — Jones has had stronger first halves in home run and RBI totals, but by the measure of wins above replacement, he's having a career year. Jones is on pace for a WAR of 5 for the season, around a top 40 overall number for MLB last season. Jones is an all-around center fielder, providing pop with the bat and consistently flashing leather. He has won two straight Gold Gloves. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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AL DH: Nelson Cruz, Orioles
All-Star Game: 3rd. Stats: .288, 28 HR, 74 RBI, 55 R — Hardly anyone is bringing up Cruz's PED suspension now. Instead, people are talking about how the Orioles made the best free-agent pickup of the offseason. Cruz has been among the major league leaders in homers and RBI from basically the start of the year. — Player page — All stats through July 11.
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Felix Hernandez (11-2, 2.12) joins Randy Johnson as the only Mariners pitchers to start an All-Star Game. King Felix, a five-time All-Star, has been on cruise control since mid-May. In his last eight starts, the right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.49 ERA and a 0.730 WHIP. STARTERS: Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays; Yu Darvish, Rangers; Felix Hernandez, Mariners; Scott Kazmir, A's; Jon Lester, Red Sox; David Price, Rays-*; Chris Sale, White Sox-z; Max Scherzer, Tigers; Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees-x. RELIEVERS: Dellin Betances, Yankees; Sean Doolittle, A's; Greg Holland, Royals; Glen Perkins, Twins; Fernando Rodney, Mariners-y; Koji Uehara, Red Sox-y. KEY: x-injured; y-replacement; z-won Final Vote; *-started Sunday so unavailable to pitch.
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Hey, Minnesota's hosting the game, so let's give a little love the two Twins on the AL roster. Closer Glen Perkins and catcher Kurt Suzuki are both on the team, while Minnesota All-Star Game stalwart Joe Mauer is injured and not on the squad. RESERVES: Jose Abreu, White Sox (1B); Jose Altuve, Astros (2B); Erick Aybar, Angels (SS)-y; Adrian Beltre, Rangers (3B); Michael Brantley, Indians (OF); Yoenis Cespedes, A's (OF); Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays (1B)-x; Alex Gordon, Royals (OF)-x; Ian Kinsler, Tigers (2B)-y; Victor Martinez, Tigers (DH)-x; Brandon Moss, A's (1B); Derek Norris, A's (C); Alexei Ramirez, White Sox (SS); Kyle Seager, Mariners (3B)-y; Kurt Suzuki, Twins (C)-y; Matt Wieters, Orioles (C)-x. KEY: x-injured; y-replacement.
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AL Final Vote winner: Chris Sale, White Sox
All-Star Game: 3rd. Stats: 8-1, 2.08 ERA, 102 K, 0.842 WHIP, 95.0 IP — The lefty beat out Houston's Dallas Keuchel, Cleveland's Corey Kluber, Detroit's Rick Porcello and LA's Garrett Richards by receiving 6.7 million votes. In 14 starts this season, Sale has only allowed four runs or more once. — Player page — All stats through July 11.