Three Dodgers were named to the National League All-Star team on Tuesday: pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen, and shortstop Corey Seager.
All three were chosen by Mets manager Terry Collins, who will manage the National League side July 12 at San Diego’s Petco Park. Fans cannot vote on pitchers, and Seager finished third among NL shortstops in fan voting.
Jansen and Seager, who had not made his major league debut as of this time a year ago, were chosen to their first All-Star team.
Kershaw was chosen to the sixth All-Star team of his career. He’s on the 15-day disabled list with a mild disc herniation in his lower back that will prevent him from appearing in the game.
Seager (22 years and 69 days old) is the youngest position player in franchise history to be chosen an All-Star. Only Dodger pitchers Fernando Valenzuela (20/281) in 1981 and Ralph Branca (21/183) in 1947 were younger at the time of their All-Star selections.
Seager enters play today with the longest active hitting streak in the National League at 17 games. Overall, he’s slashing .305/.363/.540 in 84 games.
Jansen ranks second among National League relievers with 25 saves. His 1.30 ERA is third and his 0.66 WHIP is second.
Kershaw is the first Dodger player to be named to six consecutive All-Star teams since Valenzuela. He leads MLB pitchers with a 1.79 ERA, 16.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 0.73 WHIP. Despite not pitching since June 26, he still ranks second in baseball in innings pitched.
Here are the complete All-Star rosters for both leagues:
Yasmani Grandal shouts as he heads for second base after hitting a 3-run home run in the eighth inning. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Yasmani Grandal‘s three-run home run off Tanner Roark gave the Dodgers all the runs they would need in their fifth straight win, 3-2 over the Washington Nationals.
The Dodgers maintained their 5 ½-game deficit in the National League West behind the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-4. The Dodgers visit Pittsburgh on Friday.
The box score is here.
Eric Gagne passed the best-closer-in-franchise-history torch to Kenley Jansen, and only one of them wanted to be a closer at first.
Here’s what they were saying after the game:
Paul Goldschmidt drove in a run against Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday with this single off the top of the left field wall at Chase Field. A video review confirmed it wasn’t a home run. (Getty Images)
A three-run home run by Scott Van Slyke
, a typical Clayton Kershaw performance, and a historic save by Kenley Jansen
, highlighted a 3-2 Dodgers win in Phoenix
. The Dodgers return home for a six-game homestand tomorrow.
The box score is here.
The Dodgers’ focus on defense is working, somehow, and Frankie Montas is at last a candidate to join the Dodgers’ starting rotation.
Julio Urias (7) stands beside Justin Turner, left, and Chase Utley (26) as he waits to be removed from the Dodgers’ 2-1 loss to the Giants on Sunday. (Associated Press photo)
A two-run home run by Brandon Belt was Julio Urias‘ only mistake in a 2-1 Dodgers loss in San Francisco. The box score is here.
Kenley Jansen‘s teammates talked to him about being accountable after he blew off the media (and blew a save) Saturday night.
A bat that slipped out of Buster Posey’s hand got stuck in the netting behind home plate in the second inning of the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss to the Giants on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
Adrian Gonzalez‘s home run in the top of the 10th inning went for naught, as the Giants rallied for two runs off Kenley Jansen in a 5-4 loss. The box score is here.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is re-starting his rehab Sunday with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Brandon McCarthy started his today.
One of the Dodgers’ draft picks is a cancer survivor.