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Chicago's Jose Abreu to start for AL in All Star Game
Monday Jul 09, 2018 12:00am

(OTHER) – Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu has been named as the American League starter at first base for the 2018 All-Star Game. Abreu, 31, outdistanced the Astros’ Yuli Gurriel for the most votes in fan balloting, which Abreu led wire-to-wire from the first week. He is the first Sox voted as a starter since first baseman Frank Thomas in 1996. Abreu entered the Sox’ game against the Astros Sunday with a .259 average, 12 homers, 27 doubles and 50 RBI. He was the first Sox player to lead the ballot at any point in the balloting process since Thomas did in 1996. Abreu made the team one time previously, in 2014 as a 27 year old rookie playing his first season on United States soil after coming over from Cuba when was named as a reserve. He is the sixth Sox player (11th time) to be fan-elected as a starter, joining Thomas, Carlton Fisk (1981-82), Richie Zisk (1977), Dick Allen (1972-74) and Luis Aparicio (1970).

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