Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi was named as a reserve to the American League All-Star team today, joining Minnesota short stop Jorge Polanco for the July 9th game in Cleveland.

Odorizzi has a 2.73 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 85 2/3 innings and has only allowed eight homers -- tied for fourth-fewest among qualified AL starters.

Polanco was voted as a starter by the fans, and so far this season has batted .321 with 50 runs, 39 RBI, and 11 home runs.


Both Odorizzi and Polanco expressed huge surprise that they were only two Twins that will be on the July 9th roster, as cases could have been made for Jose Berrios, Taylor Rogers, Nelson Cruz, C.J. Cron, Byron Buxton, Eddie Rosario, Mitch Garver and Max Kepler.

Regarding Kepler, Odorizzi said:

Hopefully, between now and then, there are always people who get added, however it may be, but he’s one of the most deserving people that I can really say that about right now."

This will be the first All-Star game for both Ororizzi and Polonco. The 90th annual MLB All-Star game Field on FOX.

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