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2011 American League All-Stars: A to W

7/3/2011

An A-to-W look at some notable 2011 American League All-Stars. You can view the entire AL All-Star roster here:

Alex Avila, Tigers: First Tigers catcher elected to start the All-Star Game since Ivan Rodriguez in 2007. He ended Joe Mauer’s three-year run of election wins.

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: Will be first Blue Jay elected to start an All-Star Game since Carlos Delgado in 2003.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: First Indians shortstop selected to the All-Star Game since Omar Vizquel in 2002.

Robinson Cano, Yankees: Elected to start for second straight season. He’s the first Yankees second baseman elected to start in consecutive seasons since Alfonso Soriano (2002-03).

Aaron Crow, Royals: Second All-Star born in Topeka, Kansas. The other was Ross Grimsley of the 1978 Expos. It’s the sixth year in a row that a Royals pitcher has made the All-Star team.

Adrian Gonzalez

GonzalezAdrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: Fourth time a Red Sox first baseman has been elected to start at first base in the past six years, joining David Ortiz (2006, 2007) and Kevin Youkilis (2008). He is the first Red Sox player to be elected a starter in his first season with the club since Mark Loretta at second base in 2006. It’s the seventh straight season that the Red Sox have had at least four All-Stars.

Gio Gonzalez, Athletics: First Athletics left-handed pitcher to make the All-Star team since Barry Zito in 2006. ESPN’s Mark Mulder was the last before that, in 2004.

Curtis Granderson, Yankees: First Yankees outfielder elected to start since Hideki Matsui in 2003.

Felix Hernandez, Mariners: Mariners have two All-Star pitchers (Hernandez and Brandon League) for the first time since 2003 (Jamie Moyer, Shigetoshi Hasegawa).

Derek Jeter, Yankees: Elected to start at shortstop for sixth straight season, seventh time in past eight seasons.

Chris Perez, Indians: First Indians “closer” to be selected to All-Star Game since Bob Wickman in 2005. Indians have two selections for first time since 2008 (Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee).

David Price

PriceDavid Price, Rays: He and James Shields mark the first time the Rays have had two starting pitchers selected to the All-Star team. David Price is the fourth Rays player to make more than one All-Star Team: Carl Crawford (4), Evan Longoria (3), Scott Kazmir (2), Price (2).

Mariano Rivera, Yankees: Selected to 12th All-Star team, moving him into a tie for second-most All-Star selections with Tom Seaver.

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: Ends run of back-to-back election wins at third base by Evan Longoria. Elected for first time since 2008; 12th election ties Ivan Rodriguez for most elections by an active player.

Jered Weaver, Angels: First Angels starting pitcher selected to back-to-back All-Star teams since Chuck Finley (1995-96).

Matt Wieters, Orioles: First Orioles catcher selected to All-Star team since Mickey Tettleton in 1989.