It was no surprise that fans voted Angels center fielder Mike Trout to the American League All-Star team in results announced Sunday. Or that the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig was selected to start for the National League. But it will take a strong push for the Angels to get pitcher Garrett Richards added to the AL roster. Richards is one of five players who can win the final roster spot in fan voting now underway. Here's a look at the Angels and Dodgers players who were picked, plus one player who will be making his final All-Star appearance.
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Mike Trout, outfield
He's the best player in baseball, so it's appropriate that Trout was voted to start after finishing second in fan balloting behind Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. Trout, 22, becomes one of just four players named to three All-Star teams before the age of 23, joining Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline and Ken Griffey Jr. That's fast company.
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Yasiel Puig, outfield
Puig narrowly missed out on making last season's NL team, but this season he was voted in, joining fellow outfielders Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh and Carlos Gomez of Milwaukee. Puig hits the All-Star break with a .307 average and 50 RBIs, but make no mistake: He's in the All-Star Game because of the excitement he brings.
Dee Gordon, second base
Gordon made the transition from shortstop to second base during the offseason, and his performance has been nothing short of incredible. He plays solid defense, turns the double play like a veteran and is hitting .302 with a major-league-leading 42 stolen bases. Gordon's hard work has paid off.
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Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke, pitchers
They're the best one-two pitching punch in baseball. Kershaw, deserving of an All-Star start, has a scoreless streak of 36 innings pitched and a 10-2 record and 1.85 ERA despite missing six weeks with a back injury. Greinke is 11-4 and 2.66 and is fourth in the NL in strikeouts with 119.
Derek Jeter, shortstop
As his former Yankees teammate, Mariano Rivera, did last season, Jeter will have an opportunity to say goodbye to fans in his 14th All-Star appearance and ninth as a starter. Jeter is retiring after this season, so look for something special in the game – at the very least a chance to walk off the field to a standing ovation. Only two Yankees have made more ASG appearances: Mickey Mantle (16) and Yogi Berra (15).