Ohtani 1st All-Star picked as pitcher and hitter

NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani achieved a first in the near century history of baseball’s All-Star Game: selection as both a hitter and a pitcher. The Los Angeles Angels’ two-way sensation was among the American League starting pitchers picked Sunday for the July 13 showcase at Denver’s Coors Field. Ohtani, who leads the majors in home runs, had already been elected by fans to start as the AL’s designated hitter. Boston has the most All-Stars for the first time since 2009, sending five. DH J.D. Martinez, starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and reliever Matt Barnes were picked to join a pair of starters: shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers. Houston and Toronto have four All-Stars each.