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Kevin Youkilis, Jhonny Peralta named to AL All-Star team

Jul 9, 2011, 12:35 AM EDT

Jhonny Peralta AP

The replacements for Alex Rodriguez (knee) and Derek Jeter (calf) are in, and they are the expected names.  Kevin Youkilis and Jhonny Peralta will take the open spots at third base and shortstop on the AL squad.

Adrian Beltre and Asdrubal Cabrera will replace Rodriguez and Jeter in the starting lineup.

Youkilis leads all major league third basemen with an .884 OPS this season.  He’s hit .275 with 12 homers and 59 RBI for the Red Sox, who moved one game ahead of A-Rod’s Yankees for first place in the AL East by beating Baltimore tonight.

Peralta has hit .313/.364/.533 for an .897 OPS that leads AL shortstops.  He’s homered 14 times and driven in 50 runs for a Tigers team that has pulled with a half-game of the Indians for first place in the AL Central.

So, the American League got these two right after the foolish choice of Jordan Walden as Mariano Rivera’s replacement and the NL’s decision to pick Andre Ethier over Andrew McCutchen in replacing Shane Victorino.

  1. cur86 - Jul 9, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Gee, what a surprise! The two aging, broken down, overpaid Yankee infielders are taking a vacation and snubbing the All Star game because they can’t handle flying all the way to Arizona and back! The old gray mares just ain’t what they used to be, ain’t what they used to be, AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE!!! 😛

  2. couvs14 - Jul 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Im glad to see Jeter pull out because he’s having a crappy season and New York nation were just ballot stuffer’s and Peralta deserves it more he’s having a hell of a season and would be the top short stop in the AL if Cabrera wasn’t there

  3. johnnyglutes - Jul 9, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Now everyone on ESPN can shut up about fatboy Peralta making the team.

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