The Yanks' public relations Twitter feed shared the good news:
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) July 6, 2014
Both Tanaka and Betances are well-deserving of the honors as they have emerged as two of the best in Major League Baseball at their respective positions already.
Betances, who has been a lights out reliever for New York in 2014, is pitching to a 1.61 ERA in his first full season and has an astounding 78 strikeouts in 50.1 innings pitched, making him one of the most dominant relievers in baseball.
As for Tanaka, the 26-year-old has emerged as the ace of the Yankees' staff after the downfall of CC Sabathia. The Japanese star was the first to 12 wins in the MLB and is pitching to a 2.27 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.
While he deserves to start the game, Tanaka won't be able to pitch as he is scheduled to throw the Sunday before the All-Star game, however he still plans on attending the game in Minnesota:
Even though Tanaka won't be able to pitch in the All Star game (he starts the Sunday before), he said he "definitely" plans on attending
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 6, 2014
Tanaka and Betances will join Derek Jeter, who will start at shortstop in his final season in the big leagues. More Yankees could join the squad in the days to come when the reserves are announced.
For the full list of All-Star starters, go to MLB.com.
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