With Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon suffering a groin injury Wednesday that forced him to the disabled list, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has now been named to the American League starting lineup for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
It will be the third consecutive year in which Jones has started for the AL – he was elected to start the previous two years. This year, he was selected as part of the players’ vote while Gordon, Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain and the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout were selected by fans. Jones had the most votes from the players among AL outfielders who weren’t starting.
The 29-year-old Jones, who will appear in his fifth All-Star Game and fourth straight, is hitting .284 with 11 homers in 74 games this season.
Gordon was hitting .279 with 11 homers at the time of his injury. New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was named to the AL roster to replace Gordon. Gardner, 31, had been one of the five remaining AL players eligible as part of the game’s “Final Vote” selection.