Josh Hader shakes hands Yasmani Grandal, AP photo

Milwaukee Brewers' Josh Hader shakes hands with Yasmani Grandal after a 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Milwaukee.

NEW YORK — Last time the Houston Astros went to Cleveland, they made a boozy, bubbly mess in the visiting locker room.

Now they're invading the home clubhouse, too.

Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and four of their Astros teammates will lead the American League squad at the All-Star Game in Cleveland on July 9. Major League Baseball unveiled full rosters for the midsummer showcase Sunday, and Houston topped all big league clubs with six players. No other AL team has more than three.

"Impressive," Verlander said. "I mean, I think we could have a lot more."

Alex Bregman, George Springer and Michael Brantley will be in the starting lineup, and Verlander, Cole and Ryan Pressly are on the pitching staff. It will be the first trip to Cleveland for those Astros since Game 3 of last year's AL Division Series, when Houston won 11-3 to complete a sweep.

The Dodgers, Brewers and Rockies lead the NL with four players each. The Los Angeles contingent includes Cody Bellinger, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler — plenty of familiar faces for manager Dave Roberts.

Milwaukee will be represented by Christian Yelich, Mike Moustakas, Yasmani Grandal and Josh Hader. It's the second appearance for Hader, who came under fire when racist and homophobic tweets resurfaced on his account during last year's game. Hader apologized for the tweets, which he sent as a teenager.

Braves teammates Ronald Acuña Jr. and Mike Soroka are set to be this year's youngest players at 21. Atlanta said it's the first time two players under 22 from the same team made the All-Star team.

The NL team includes just three hitters in their 30s: Moustakas and Grandal are 30, and Charlie Blackmon will turn 33 on Monday. Depending on who serves as DH, the NL could have the youngest starting lineup in All-Star Game history.

"I think it's just the beginning here," said Braves manager Brian Snitker, himself a freshman All-Star on Roberts' staff. "As I've said, I think this is going to be a yearly occurrence because these kids are going to be around for a long time."

The Yankees have the AL's best record but boast just three All-Stars: Gary Sánchez, DJ LeMahieu and Aroldis Chapman. Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit were also contenders, while Aaron Judge - injured for much of the season - narrowly missed out on a spot via fan balloting.

"To me, I thought we were going to have around six or seven All-Stars from this team," Chapman said through a translator in London.

Fans of the reigning champion Red Sox won't be pleased that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers were left out. Bogaerts has accrued 3.7 wins above replacement, per Fangraphs — trailing only the Angels' Mike Trout among AL players — and Devers entered Sunday batting .324. Red Sox ace Chris Sale was also omitted despite ranking second in the league in strikeouts. Boston's only representatives as of now are Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez.

Padres sluggers Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes entered Sunday among the major league leaders with 24 homers each, but neither made the cut. Nor did Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, Twins outfielder Max Kepler or Yankees DH Edwin Encarnación.

On the pitching side, Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels, Rangers right-hander Lance Lynn and Twins righty Jose Berrios also had strong credentials.

Verlander earned his eighth All-Star nod, tied with Kershaw and Trout for most among this year's participants.

The host Indians had three players selected: Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor and Brad Hand. Santana, a 33-year-old first-time All-Star, will also swing in the Home Run Derby.

Six of the eight derby participants are known — Acuña, Santana, Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Milwaukee's Christian Yelich, the New York Mets' Pete Alonso and Pittsburgh's Josh Bell. Guerrero will be 20 years, 114 days old for the July 8 showcase, making him the youngest ever in the derby — 116 days younger than Ken Griffey Jr. in 1990. The full field will be announced Wednesday. Rangers slugger Joey Gallo said Sunday he has not been asked to be in the derby, though he will be on the AL All-Star squad.

The rosters feature 31 first-time selections, including Anthony Rendon, who said he may not attend to rest some nagging injuries instead. Since the start of 2015, the Nationals third baseman is fifth in baseball in WAR at 20.4.

"It's good to be recognized," he said.

Rendon's former teammate, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper, hasn't been invited. Harper set pro sports jersey sale records after signing a $330 million, 13-year deal with Philadelphia this spring, but subpar slugging this season will likely end his streak of All-Star appearances at four.

Padres third baseman Manny Machado, another big offseason free agent acquisition, was also left off the NL team.

The starting position players were elected by fans and announced Thursday. The rest of the rosters were filled out by player balloting and the Commissioner's Office.


AP Baseball Writers Ronald Blum and Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken and freelancer Matt Schoch contributed to this story.


2019 All-Star Rosters

Tuesday, July 9

At Progressive Field, Cleveland

p-voted by players; m-selected by MLB

American League

Manager - Alex Cora, Boston

Starters

Catcher - Gary Sánchez, N.Y. Yankees

First Baseman - Carlos Santana, Cleveland

Second Baseman - DJ LeMahieu, N.Y. Yankees

Shortstop - Jorge Polanco, Minnesota

Third Baseman - Alex Bregman, Houston

Outfield - Mike Trout, L.A. Angels

Outfield - George Springer, Houston

Outfield - Michael Brantley, Houston

Designated Hitter - Hunter Pence, Texas

Reserves

Catchers

p-James McCann, Chicago White Sox

Infielders

p-José Abreu, Chicago White Sox

p-Matt Chapman, Oakland

p-Tommy La Stella, L.A. Angels

p-Francisco Lindor, Cleveland

m-Daniel Vogelbach, Seattle

Outfielders

p-Mookie Betts, Boston

p-Joey Gallo, Texas

p-Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay

m-Whit Merrifield, Kansas City

Designated Hitters

p-J.T. Martinez, Boston

Pitchers

Starters

p-Gerritt Cole, Houston

p-Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox

m-John Means, Baltimore

m-Mike Minor, Texas

p-Charlie Morton, Tampa Bay

p-Jake Odorizzi, Minnesota

m-Marcus Stroman, Toronto

p-Justin Verlander, Houston

Relievers

p-Aroldis Chapman, N.Y. Yankees

m-Shane Greene, Detroit

p-Brad Hand, Cleveland

p-Ryan Pressly, Houston

National League

American League

Manager - Dave Roberts, L.A. Dodgers

Starters

Catcher - Wilson Contreras, Chicago Cubs

First Baseman - Freddie Freeman, Atlanta

Second Baseman - Ketel Marte, Arizona

Shortstop - Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs

Third Baseman - Nolan Arenado, Colorado

Outfield - Christian Yelich, Milwaukee

Outfield - Cody Bellinger, L.A. Dodgers

Outfield - Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta

Reserves

Catchers

m-Yasmani Grandahl, Milwaukee

p-J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia

Infielders

m-Pete Alonso, N.Y. Mets

p-Josh Bell, Pittsburgh

m-Kris Bryant, Chicago

m-Paul DeJong, St. Louis

p-Mike Moustakas, Milwaukee

p-Anthony Rendon, Washington

p-Trevor Story, Colorado

Outfielders

p-Charlie Blackmon, Colorado

p-David Dahl, Colorado

p-Jeff McNeil, N.Y. Mets

Pitchers

Starters

m-Sandy Alcantara, Miami

p-Walker Buehler, L.A. Dodgers

p-Luis Castillo, Cincinnati

p-Jacob deGrom, N.Y. Mets

m-Zach Greinke, Arizona

m-Clayton Kershaw, L.A. Dodgers

p-Hyun-Jin Ryu, L.A. Dodgers

p-Max Scherzer, Washington

m-Mike Soroka, Atlanta

Relievers

p-Josh Hader, Milwaukee

p-Will Smith, San Francisco

p-Kirby Yates, San Diego

Bucky!

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