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Cedric Mullins was named to replace the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout as the starting centerfielder in Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Denver’s Coors Field. Mullins, who finished sixth in fan voting among American League outfielders, will bat ninth.
Trout is on the 60-day injured left because of a strained right calf.
Mullins, who will be the first Oriole to start an All-Star Game since Manny Machado was the starting shortstop in 2018, is the only Oriole on the AL team.
After Mullins had been told he had been selected to the All-Star team, he said: “To make the team is a great honor in itself. But to be able to start, that would be something that would be almost unexplainable.”
Although Mullins will be the only Oriole on the team, first baseman/designated hitter Trey Mancini will participate in the Home Run Derby Monday night.
Mullins, who abandoned switch-hitting before the season to bat exclusively left-handed, is hitting .314 with 16 home runs and 35 RBIs. He has a .922 OPS and leads the American League with 106 hits.
He also has 16 stolen bases in 21 attempts and has made a number of exceptional defensive plays.
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