Tampa Bay Rays' closer Rafael Soriano added to AL All-Star team
Tampa Bay Rays closer Rafael Soriano was named to the AL All-Star team today, replacing Mariano Rivera of the Yankees, who withdrew due to injuries.
Soriano was chosen because he had the next-highest total on the players' ballot, with 67 votes.
Soriano has done a tremendous job for the Rays, converting 23 saves in 24 chances, and manager Joe Maddon had lobbied for him to be on the team originally. Soriano, one save shy of the major-league lead, has a 2-0 record and 1.65 ERA.
It will be the first career All-Star appearance for Soriano.
The Rays now have four players on the AL team, with Soriano joining elected starters 3B Evan Longoria and LF Carl Crawford, and potential game starter David Price. With Soriano's addition, the Rays have had 12 selections in the last three years, one more than in their first 10 seasons total.
-- MARC TOPKIN, Times Staff Writer