There was plenty of All-Star related news in the AL Central:
Indians: Some Cleveland players complained Carlos Carrasco (10-3, 3.44 ERA) should join his five teammates in Miami, especially since Corey Kluber won’t pitch. But the big news is that Terry Francona won’t manage, after undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat. Bench coach Brad Mills replaces him.
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Royals: Mike Moustakas is the first Kansas City player invited to participate in the Home Run Derby since 1991. But the third baseman went on to earn a spot in Tuesday’s game, too, by winning MLB’s final vote. He won the vote in 2015, too, joining Shane Victorino (2009, 2011) as a two-time electee.
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Tigers: The biggest news isn’t who made the team — righthander Michael Fulmer was the lone Detroit player selected, then replaced by Justin Upton because Fulmer pitches Sunday against Kluber — but who didn’t. Miguel Cabrera, who began his career with the Marlins and is an 11-time All-Star, was left off the AL roster for the first time since 2009.
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White Sox: There’s more interest among Sox fans in Sunday’s Futures Game, where three exciting Chicago prospects will take part, than the midsummer classic. But Avisail Garcia, despite a sore knee and jammed finger, will play on Tuesday, finally fulfilling (with a .313 average and .858 OPS entering Saturday) long-predicted status among elite.