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4 Royals To Start For American League All-Stars

Four Kansas City Royals will be American League starters at next week’s All-Star game in Cincinnati, the best in franchise history.

Salvador Perez will be the starting catcher. Alcides Escobar will make his first All-Star appearance as the starting shortstop. Lorenzo Cain, also a first-timer, will man right field while Alex Gordon will handle left in his first start.

Gordon said last year’s World Series appearance and this year’s success command attention.

“I think we play with a lot of energy and a lot of fun,” said Gordon. “People have noticed it and got out there and voted. It’s pretty special. We don’t take this for granted and we’re happy to be there. We’re going to represent Kansas City the best way we can.”

The Royals’ previous best was three starters in 1979: George Brett, Frank White and Darrell Porter.

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