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2014 MLB All-Star Game: Masahiro Tanaka, Dellin Betances, Derek Jeter Make Cut

July 6th, 2014 at 7:48 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees will have two more representatives in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game as Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances will each make their first appearance in the midsummer classic as rookies.

The Yanks' public relations Twitter feed shared the good news:

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:

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.

Tags: 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Baseball, Dellin Betances, Derek Jeter, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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