These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT and runs through Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 6 CT. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to
These are all of the finalists for the Starters Election, which begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT and runs through Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. The winners will be unveiled on ESPN that night starting at 6 CT. Players who do not get elected starters are not automatically added to the team as reserves -- they will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office. All-Star pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 4:30 p.m. CT, also on ESPN.
KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier continues to make his case to fans voting for the All-Star Game.
Dozier, one of three American League All-Star balloting finalists at third base, had a big two-run tying single on Saturday. On Sunday, Dozier whacked a three-run home run, his 12th, and a double, in a 6-1 win over the Twins at Kauffman Stadium.
Dozier hit a slider off Minnesota starter Michael Pineda into the left-field bullpen in Kansas City's five-run third inning.
“He hung it,” Dozier said. “I wasn’t really looking for it, but it was a good pitch to hit.”
Dozier came off the injured list on Friday, and he struggled for a game or so getting his timing back.
“I felt better today,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll keep feeling better with my timing and get back to where I was. Today was good.”
Here are the other finalists at third base:
Alex Bregman (HOU): 1-time All-Star (no starts)
Across his first two seasons in the Majors, Bregman established himself as a consistent performer on a strong offensive team. His slugging percentage (.522) and on-base percentage (.388) are both very close to what they were in his All-Star season last year, when he finished fifth in American League Most Valuable Player Award voting. No Astros player has ever started an All-Star Game at third base.
Gio Urshela (NYY): never named to an All-Star team
Urshela has gotten the chance to play more frequently with the Yankees’ early-season injury situation. He’s embraced it, and he’s having the best year of his career. Urshela is on pace for career highs in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. He’s come up clutch for the Yanks on numerous occasions, and he has helped them remain among the top teams in the AL East.
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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB.