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Top stats to know: All-Star selections

The American League and National League All-Star rosters for next Tuesday’s contest in Minnesota were announced on Sunday. Here’s a look at some of the notable statistical storylines from Sunday’s selections.

Jeter’s All-Star Finale

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is slated to make his ninth All-Star start at shortstop. That would be third-most in major-league history, trailing only Cal Ripken Jr. (14) and Ozzie Smith (11).

Derek Jeter

JeterThe Elias Sports Bureau notes that Jeter would be the second player to start an All-Star Game at shortstop after turning 40 years old. Cal Ripken, Jr. was the AL’s starting shortstop in the 2001 All-Star Game at age 40, after a position switch on the left side of the infield that was orchestrated by Alex Rodriguez.

The only other non-pitcher who represented the Yankees in an All-Star Game at age 40 or older is Johnny Mize (age 40 in 1953).

Jeter will tie Joe DiMaggio for third-most All-Star starts by a Yankee. Only Mickey Mantle (13) and Yogi Berra (11) have more.

A very Athletic team

The Oakland Athletics had the most players selected to the All-Star team with six (not including Jeff Samardzija, who was picked as a representative of the Chicago Cubs). It is their most All-Star selections since 1975, when they also had six.

The Athletics will only have one starting position player- third baseman Josh Donaldson (who will join Sal Bando as the only Athletics third basemen to ever start an All-Star Game). In fact, the American League’s eight starting position players will come from eight different teams, the first time that has happened for the American League in All-Star Game history (which dates back to 1933).

You don’t have to be a closer

Three relief pitchers who are not closers were selected as All-Stars—Dellin Betances of the Yankees, Tony Watson of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pat Neshek of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Betances ranks second in the American League in opponents’ batting average (.129), trailing only Wade Davis (.120) of the Kansas City Royals.

Neshek and Watson are the only two pitchers in the majors (minimum 30 innings) who have a sub-1 ERA and WHIP this season.

Neshek ranks second in the NL in opponents' batting average (.134), trailing only Jonathan Broxton (.114). Neshek’s .343 opponents’ OPS is the lowest in the majors among those who have faced at least 100 batters this season.

Home-team reps

The Minnesota Twins will have two All-Star representatives, though neither one is six-time All-Star Joe Mauer.

Catcher Kurt Suzuki and closer Glen Perkins were both selected. Perkins will enjoy the honor as a St. Paul, Minnesota native. The last player to win All-Star Game MVP honors in his home ballpark was Pedro Martinez in 1999.

Neshek, who went to Park Center Senior High School just outside Minneapolis (and who previously pitched for the Twins) will also be well-received by the home-team fans.

Who starts on the mound?

The All-Star Game starting pitchers will not be named until next week, but the managers for both leagues will have interesting dilemmas.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw and Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright are separated in ERA by only .04 (Kershaw is at 1.85, Wainwright at 1.89), with Johnny Cueto right behind them at 1.99.

The last Dodgers pitcher to start the All-Star Game was Brad Penny in 2006. The last Cardinals pitcher to start it was Chris Carpenter in 2005.

Mariners starter Felix Hernandez leads the AL with a 2.11 ERA, but there figures to be some clamor for Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka (2.27 ERA) to get the start. The only Mariners pitcher to start an All-Star Game is Randy Johnson (1995 and 1997). The last Yankees pitcher was Roger Clemens in 2001.