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Before homering twice in Sunday's game at Detroit, Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez learned that he would start for the American League in the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami. He will be joined by Tribe teammates Michael Brantley, Francisco Lindor, Andrew Miller and Corey Kluber, as the Indians will send five players to the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 2004.
Ramirez became the first Indians player voted in as a starter since 2001 (Juan Gonzalez). Kluber was named to his second straight AL roster, this time courtesy of the Commissioner's Office, while Brantley, Lindor and Miller each got the nod via the players' vote.
Indians boss Terry Francona will manage the AL squad, and will bring his entire coaching staff to Miami.
Ramirez is batting .325 with 15 homers, 26 doubles, 42 RBI, 59 runs and a .963 OPS in 80 games.
Brantley, the Indians' starting left fielder, was limited to 11 games last season due to right shoulder and biceps injuries that required a pair of surgeries dating back to the end of 2015. This year Brantley is batting .303 with a .365 on-base percentage and .434 slugging percentage, with 20 extra-base hits in 60 games.
Lindor, an All-Star shortstop last season, is hitting .248 with 14 home runs, 23 doubles and 38 RBI through 79 games. Miller, a two-time All-Star, has backed up last season's dominance with a 1.49 ERA, 65 strikeouts and 10 walks in 42 1/3 innings in 2017. Kluber is 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA, recording 105 strikeouts and 20 walks in 80 1/3 innings.
The 88th All-Star Game will be held July 11 at Marlins Park.