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2019 All-Star Game reserves and pitchers announced

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The starters for the 2019 All-Star Game were announced on Thursday. Mike Trout and Nolan Arenado were among the big names selected by fans. The rest of the rosters — reserves and pitchers — were just announced on ESPN.

American League Reserves

C – James McCann, White Sox
1B – José Abreu, White Sox
2B – Tommy La Stella, Angels
2B – Whit Merrifield, Royals
3B – Matt Chapman, Athletics
SS – Francisco Lindor, Indians
OF – Austin Meadows, Rays
OF – Joey Gallo, Rangers
OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox
DH – Daniel Vogelbach, Mariners
DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox

Notable Omissions: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox; Max Kepler, Twins; Gleyber Torres, Yankees; Luke Voit, Yankees

American League Pitchers

SP – Justin Verlander, Astros
SP – Gerrit Cole, Astros
SP – John Means, Orioles
SP – Lucas Giolito, White Sox
SP – Charlie Morton, Rays
SP – Jake Odorizzi, Twins
SP – Mike Minor, Rangers
SP – Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays
RP – Ryan Pressly, Astros
RP – Shane Greene, Tigers
RP – Brad Hand, Indians
RP – Aroldis Chapman, Yankees

Notable Omissions: José Berríos, Twins; Ken Giles, Blue Jays; Alex Colomé, White Sox

In the American League, the Astros have the most representatives with six. The Yankees, Rangers, Indians, and White Sox have three each.

National League Reserves

C – J.T. Realmuto, Phillies
C – Yasmani Grandal, Brewers
1B – Pete Alonso, Mets
1B – Josh Bell, Pirates
2B – Mike Moustakas, Brewers
3B – Anthony Rendon, Nationals
3B – Kris Bryant, Cubs
SS – Trevor Story, Rockies
SS – Paul DeJong, Cardinals
OF – Jeff McNeil, Mets
OF – Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
OF – David Dahl, Rockies

Notable Omissions: Max Muncy, Dodgers; Eduardo Escobar, Diamondbacks; Manny Machado, Padres

National League Pitchers

SP – Luis Castillo, Reds
SP – Mike Soroka, Braves
SP – Sandy Alcantara, Marlins
SP – Walker Buehler, Dodgers
SP – Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers
SP – Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
SP – Jacob deGrom, Mets
SP – Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks
SP – Max Scherzer, Nationals
RP – Will Smith, Giants
RP – Kirby Yates, Padres
RP – Josh Hader, Brewers

Notable Omissions: Zach Eflin, Phillies; Tanner Roark, Reds; Felipe Vázquez, Pirates

In the National League, the Rockies, Dodgers, and Brewers tied for the most representatives with four. The Mets, Braves, and Cubs had three each.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.