Salvador Perez named starting catcher for AL All-Star team

July 2, 2017

Salvador Perez was named to his fifth straight All-Star Game on Sunday.

For the fifth straight season, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is headed to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and for the fourth straight year he'll start behind the plate for the American League squad.

Perez, a four-time Gold Glove winner who is hitting .290 with 16 homers and 51 RBIs this season, was named to the roster on Sunday night. He's started in 71 of the Royals' first 81 games and is the only catcher who currently is in position to qualify for the AL batting title. Perez also leads AL catchers in home runs and RBIs.

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