Former Husker and Lincoln native Alex Gordon made his second-straight All-Star team, becoming the first Royals outfielder to make consecutive appearances since Willie Wilson played in the 1982-83 contests. The 30 year old Gordon is batting .263 with 23 doubles, 9 homers and 42 RBI. He hit .319 (22-for-69) over the first 19 games in the month of June and entered the day tied for seventh in the league with 23 doubles. Gordon has recorded six outfield assists this season, which ranked seventh in the A.L., entering today, while his 60 assists 2011 are the most in the Majors. He also played the final three innings in left field in last year’s tilt, going 0-for-1.
Former Husker pitcher Tony Watson of the Pittsburgh Pirates was chosen as a National League reserve for the All-Star Game. He is the first left-handed reliever in Pirates history to make an All-Star team. Watson (5-0, 0.89 ERA) is the rare left-hander who is even tougher on right-handed batters, striking them out at a greater rate (one out of every three at-bats) than lefties (one out of four). He has 49 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings this season.