Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista hits a solo home run off Phillies pitcher and fellow all-star Cliff Lee this month in Toronto. (Darren Calabrese/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

American League starters

C Alex Avila, DET

After moving behind the plate in his final season of college in 2008, Avila has blossomed into an unexpected force for the Tigers in only his second full major league season. Thanks to a late surge in voting, the 24-year-old with the best offensive production of any AL catcher this season will start his first all-star game.

1B Adrian Gonzalez, BOS

In December, the Red Sox agreed to trade four players, including three well-regarded prospects, to the Padres for Gonzalez, who later signed a $154 million extension. The left-handed hitter has been perhaps baseball’s best all-around hitter this season, adding plenty of pop to Boston’s lineup and slick fielding to first base.

2B Robinson Cano, NYY

Over the past three seasons, Cano has been the most consistent offensive force among AL second basemen, including a banner 2010 campaign that drew numerous accolades. The durable second baseman has played in all but one game this season and is on pace for another 25-homer, 100-RBI year.

3B Adrian Beltre, TEX

On a Rangers team that isn’t shy about scoring runs, Beltre has been a welcome addition in his first year with the team. After struggling some in Seattle, Beltre returned to top form last year with the Red Sox and continued it into this season. Beltre, who is second in the AL with 71 RBI, was tapped to replace an injured Alex Rodriguez.

SS Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE

No team has been as surprising as the Indians and no player has been more integral than Cabrera, the team’s leader in hits, home runs and RBI. In a breakout first half, Cabrera, who replaces an injured Derek Jeter for the AL, has nearly matched his career total in home runs (18) and played defense reminiscent of another Cleveland great, Omar Vizquel.

OF Jose Bautista, TOR

Earlier this decade, Bautista was an unspectacular hitter on several teams. But after an eye-popping, head-scratching tear that began last season, he has turned himself into one of baseball’s most feared hitters. With more than 7.4 million all-star votes, Bautista shattered a 17-year record set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1994.

OF Curtis Granderson, NYY

After retooling his swing mid-season in 2010, Granderson has morphed into a slugging centerfielder this season, smacking 25 home runs, tied for second in the AL. In a Yankees lineup of all-stars and Hall of Famer resumes, Granderson has shone, at times carrying the team.

OF Josh Hamilton, TEX

America, it seems, loves Hamilton regardless of how much he has played. Despite missing six weeks early in the season with a broken bone in his arm, Hamilton was voted onto the all-star roster as a starter for the fourth straight year. When healthy, the reigning AL MVP is an unrivaled all-around force.

DH David Ortiz, BOS

At the ripe age of 35, the gregarious slugger is enjoying a renaissance year, his best all-around offensive season since 2007 when he hit .332 with 35 home runs and 111 RBI. Along with Adrian Gonzalez, Ortiz, Boston’s No. 5 hitter, has helped form the heart of baseball’s highest-scoring offense.

SP Jered Weaver, LAA

After leading the AL in strikeouts and games started last season, Weaver hasn’t let up, further cementing his status as one of the toughest pitchers in baseball with a major league-leading 1.86 ERA. The 6-foot-7 fiery starter can throw a variety of nasty off-speed pitches, from sliders to change-ups to curveballs, for strikeouts.



Josh Beckett, BOS

Aaron Crow, KC

Gio Gonzalez, OAK

Felix Hernandez, SEA

Brandon League, SEA

Jon Lester, BOS

Alexi Ogando, TEX

Chris Perez, CLE

Michael Pineda, SEA

David Price, TB

David Robertson, NYY

Ricky Romero, TOR

Mariano Rivera, NYY

CC Sabathia, NYY

James Shields, TB

Jose Valverde, DET

Justin Verlander, DET

Jordan Walden, LAA

C.J. Wilson, TEX


Russell Martin, NYY

Matt Wieters, BAL


Miguel Cabrera, DET

Paul Konerko, CWS

Howard Kendrick, LAA

Kevin Youkilis, BOS

Alex Rodriguez, NYY

Derek Jeter, NYY

Jhonny Peralta, DET


Michael Cuddyer, MIN

Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS

Matt Joyce, TB

Carlos Quentin, CWS


Michael Young, TEX

National League starters

C Brian McCann, ATL

After making the previous five all-star rosters as a reserve, McCann was finally tabbed as the NL’s starting catcher. McCann is playing like the best hitting catcher in baseball, leading the Braves in most offensive categories and helping carry them through an NL East-contending first half.

1B Prince Fielder, MIL

Despite constant speculation about what he will do after his contract expires this offseason, Fielder has put those distractions aside, tearing through opposing pitchers with his power stroke. He had a particularly strong June, hitting .337 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI. Through the first half, he is tied for the NL lead in RBI.

2B Rickie Weeks, MIL

Armed with a new contract extension as part of the Brewers’ young, potent nucleus, Weeks put together a solid first half as one of baseball’s best offensive second basemen and leadoff hitters. After playing a career-high 160 games last season, Weeks also delivered a career high in runs, hits, home runs and RBI, and it has carried over to this year.

3B Scott Rolen, CIN

It has been a down year for third basemen in the NL because of injuries and Rolen, 36, was the next in line to fill in after Philadelphia’s Placido Polanco and Atlanta’s Chipper Jones pulled out. While it hasn’t been a typical year at the plate for Rolen, the eight-time Gold Glove third baseman remains one of the best fielders in baseball.

SS Troy Tulowitzki, COL

With New York’s Jose Reyes on the disabled list, Tulowitzki , the best power-hitting shortstop in the NL, was thrust into the starting role. An impact player since his rookie season, the 26-year-old is a potent blend of size, power and range. His batting average is a little lower than his career average but he is en route to surpassing his best power-hitting season.

OF Lance Berkman, STL

With Berkman coming off the worst season of his 13-year league career, few expected this kind of a seasonwhen he signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals. But a rejuvenated Berkman has added pop to St. Louis’s injured lineup and is on pace to enjoy perhaps his best season ever. At the half, he leads the NL in home runs and slugging percentage.

OF Matt Kemp, LAD

It has been a trying season for the Dodgers on and off the field, but Kemp, 26, has been unfazed, posting Triple Crown-contending numbers in a first half worthy of MVP talk. He is among the NL’s top six in many major offensive categories: batting average, home runs, RBI, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

OF Matt Holliday

Despite missing nearly three weeks with two different injuries, the slugging Holliday, along with teammate Lance Berkman, has helped keep the injury-plagued Cardinals afloat. The 6-foot-4 left fielder is a prototypical power hitter and in his second season with the Cardinals will make his second straight all-star roster.

DH Carlos Beltran, NYM

In 89 games this first half, Beltran has already played more than he has the past two injury-plagued seasons and at 34, he has shown signs of returning to his top form. And despite moving to right field, away from his traditional center field spot, where he has three Gold Gloves, Beltran leads his team in home runs and RBI.

SP Roy Halladay, PHI

Few pitchers have come close to Halladay’s effectiveness or durability in the past decade. The No. 1 starter of the Phillies’ vaunted staff and 2010 NL Cy Young Award winner leads the league in innings pitched and complete games. He will start his second all-star game in three seasons.



Heath Bell, SD

Matt Cain, SF

Tyler Clippard, WSH

Kevin Correia, PIT

Cole Hamels, PHI

Joel Hanrahan, PIT

Jair Jurrjens, ATL

Clayton Kershaw, LAD

Craig Kimbrel, ATL

Cliff Lee, PHI

Tim Lincecum, SF

Jonny Venters, ATL

Ryan Vogelsong, SF

Brian Wilson, SF


Yadier Molina, STL

Miguel Montero, ARI


Gaby Sanchez, FLA

Joey Votto, CIN

Brandon Phillips, CIN

Jose Reyes, NYM

Placido Polanco, PHI

Pablo Sandoval, SF

Chipper Jones, ATL

Starlin Castro, CHC


Jay Bruce, CIN

Hunter Pence, HOU

Andrew McCutchen, PIT

Justin Upton, ARI

Shane Victorino, PHI

Andre Ethier, LAD

— James Wagner