Indians, Pirates each get 2 on All-Star team


Akron Beacon Journal

BALTIMORE

Chris Perez didn’t talk his way into being selected for the All-Star Game. Maybe more importantly, he didn’t talk his way out of being picked.

The Indians closer was chosen on merit. After blowing a save on Opening Day, he has succeeded in his next 23 opportunities.

“I don’t think that Perez is in the All-Star Game because of what he said,” manager Manny Acta. “He’s been pretty darn good.”

Perez is one of two Tribe players selected by a vote of the players for the July 10 Summer Classic at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Pirates also had two selections: pitcher Joel Hanrahan and outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

Like Perez, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was picked for the second year in a row, compiling a .300 batting average with 11 home runs and 40 RBI.

“I feel very good for those two guys to be recognized,” Acta said. “That’s their second time in a row, and it’s a very good sign that they’re establishing themselves as All-Stars. You can make the All-Star Game once and never go back for the rest of your life.”

The Indians had two other legitimate candidates: setup man Vinnie Pestano and second baseman Jason Kipnis. But except for closers, relievers seldom make an All-Star roster, and Kipnis had three formidable players in front of him: Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia.

“I’m a little sad that Jason was not chosen,” Acta said. “We told him that in our hearts he’s an All-Star. But there are so many great second baseman in the American League, it kind of hurt him.”

Perez was doubly honored because Sunday was his 27th birthday.

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