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Brantley selected to All-Star Game, will represent Tribe

(CLEVELAND) -- Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is headed to the All-Star Game. For now, he's the only player that will represent the Tribe in Minneapolis, Minn. on Tuesday, July 15.

Corey Kluber could join Brantley at Target Field for All-Star week if he wins a vote against four other American League starting pitchers. The final vote also includes Dallas Keuchel (Astros), Rick Porcello (Tigers), Garrett Richards (Angels) and Chris Sale (White Sox).

As for Brantley, it'll be his first All-Star Game appearance of his career. So far this season, the 27-year-old is hitting .321 along with 13 HR, 57 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, 58 runs scored and 103 hits. Brantley's 10 assists in the outfield are tied for the most in the Major Leagues heading into Monday, July 7.

Brantley, who fans affectionately call "Dr. Smooth", has quickly become a fan-favorite and leader on the 2014 Cleveland Indians.

Kluber meanwhile, is also aiming for his first All-Star Game selection after going 8-6, with a 2.86 ERA and 137 strikeouts.

The Indians finish up the first half of the 2014 season at Progrssive Field this week when they welcome in the New York Yankees for a four-game series and the Chicago White Sox for a three-game weekend set.

The Tribe currently sits third in the AL-Central Division, six-games behind the first place Detroit Tigers. When it comes to the AL-Wildcard standings, the Indians are 4 1/2 games back.

- Nick Camino

 

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