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Ramirez to start at 3B; Tribe has 5 All-Stars

Kluber, Lindor, Miller, Brantley and coaching staff also heading to Miami
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DETROIT -- The vote was over and the decision was in. When Jose Ramirez took the field at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon, he had already been informed of the good news: Fans voted him in as the starting third baseman for the American League All-Star team.

Ramirez then went out and put on a show.

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DETROIT -- The vote was over and the decision was in. When Jose Ramirez took the field at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon, he had already been informed of the good news: Fans voted him in as the starting third baseman for the American League All-Star team.

Ramirez then went out and put on a show.

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The kid with the fire-orange hair and signature strut launched a pair of home runs to help power an 11-8 win over the Tigers. It was a snapshot of why Ramirez earned his ticket to Miami, where he will be joined by Indians All-Stars Michael Brantley, Francisco Lindor, Andrew Miller and Corey Kluber. It marks the first time since 2004 that the Indians have sent five players to the Midsummer Classic.

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"That shows he deserves to start," Lindor said of Ramirez's third multi-homer game of the season. "That shows why he's going to be a starter in the All-Star Game in Miami. I'm happy for him. I told him I was very proud -- just go out there and enjoy it. Enjoy every second of it."

Before Sunday's game, Indians manager Terry Francona gathered the team to announce the All-Star representatives. Kluber was named to his second straight AL roster -- this time courtesy of the Commissioner's Office. Brantley, Lindor and Miller each got the nod via the players' vote. Ramirez became the first Indians player voted in as a starter since 2001 (Juan Gonzalez).

"It's a blessing that God has given to me and I'm going to keep playing hard," Ramirez said through team translator Anna Bolton. "It's something incredible [to win the fan vote]. It's something incredible to have their support. They supported me and supported me until the end, and I'm very, very thankful for that."

Video: CLE@DET: Ramirez goes deep from both sides of plate

Francona said it was a celebratory scene inside the visitors' clubhouse, and the party will continue when Cleveland's considerable traveling group lands in Miami. Besides the five All-Stars, Francona is bringing his entire coaching staff,
and extended an invitation to Rays manager Kevin Cash (Francona's former bullpen coach with the Tribe).

Coming off an AL championship, the Indians will have a serious presence at the All-Star Game.

"Our organization has come a long way," Francona said. "And I think I'm going to be thrilled when you look around and you see the five players, the coaches. I'm just happy for Cleveland. When people throw on the TV, they're going to see Indians stuff all over the place. I think the fans and the city and everybody should be really proud."

Francona said he tried not to get too emotional when he learned that Brantley made the team.

Video: TEX@CLE: Brantley slashes an RBI single to left

The Indians' left fielder was limited to 11 games last season due to right shoulder and biceps woes -- injuries that required a pair of surgeries dating back to the end of 2015. This year, Brantley not only beat the odds by returning for Opening Day, but has been impressive through 60 games, posting a .303/.365/.434 slash line with 20 extra-base hits.

"It wasn't an easy road," Brantley said. "Two shoulder surgeries. Not knowing whether you're going to be able to play again. To be able to represent the All-Star Game and represent the Cleveland Indians, it means a lot. A lot of hard work paid off."

Coming off a breakout showing last year, which included an All-Star nod and both Gold and Platinum Glove Awards, Lindor has hit .248 with 14 home runs, 23 doubles and 38 RBIs through 79 games. Miller (a two-time All-Star) has backed up last season's overpowering showing with a 1.49 ERA, 65 strikeouts and 10 walks in 42 1/3 innings as the Tribe's leverage weapon. Kluber is 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA, 105 strikeouts and 20 walks in 80 1/3 innings.

Video: TEX@CLE: Kluber fans 12 batters through eight innings

Ramirez is batting .325 with 15 homers, 26 doubles, 42 RBIs, 59 runs and a .963 OPS in 80 games.

"I'm glad he made it with the fan vote. That's pretty cool," Miller said. "The sheer amount of fans and media publicity and all that kind of stuff is just a tribute to the season he's having. He's as deserving as anybody. That has to be a pretty neat treat, to start an All-Star Game. He's earned every bit of that."

Video: CLE@DET: Ramirez on big day, support from fans

Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

On Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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