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Mariners' Nelson Cruz picked as AL All-Star by The Sporting News

Nelson Cruz was picked by a panel of executives from American League clubs as the designated hitter on The Sporting News’ All-Star team.
Nelson Cruz was picked by a panel of executives from American League clubs as the designated hitter on The Sporting News’ All-Star team. AP

No surprise here, but Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz was selected Wednesday to The Sporting News’ All-Star team.

A panel of 22 AL club executive served as the voting panel in balloting conducted prior to the start of postseason play. The Sporting News began making selections in 1925.

Cruz, 35, led the Mariners in all three Triple Crown categories in finishing with a career-high 44 homers along with 93 RBIs and a .302 average. It marked his first selection to The Sporting News team.

No other Mariners player receiving votes at any position.

The rest of the AL team:

Catcher: Brian McCann, New York

First base (tie): Miguel Cabrera, Detroit; Chris Davis, Baltimore

Second base: Jason Kipnis, Cleveland

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Boston

Third base: Josh Donaldson, Toronto

Outfield: Mike Trout, Los Angeles; Jose Bautista, Toronto; and Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City

Starting pitcher: Dallas Keuchel, Houston

Relief pitcher: Dellin Betances, New York

DAVIS HONORED

Chalk up another award for the man known as Mr. Mariner.

Former first baseman Alvin Davis is this year’s recipient of the Moose Clausen Community Service Award by the Mariners RBI Club, an organization of season-ticketholders who are active in the community.

Davis, 55, will receive his award at the RBI Club’s annual Toys for Kids fund-raiser on Nov. 7 at the Bellevue Hyatt hotel.

The award is named in honor of Al "Moose" Clausen, who served as Mariners’ director of sales from 1982-2012. The award dates to 2001.

Davis was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1984 and played eight of his nine seasons with the Mariners. He was chosen in 1997 as the first member of the club’s Hall of Fame.

Previous recipients: Jamie Moyer (2001), Dan Wilson (2002), Edgar Martinez (2003), Jay Buhner (2004), Rick Rizzs and Dave Henderson (2005), Raul Ibanez (2006), Dave Valle (2007), John Olerud (2008), Howard Lincoln (2209), Bill Krueger (2010), Julio Cruz (2011), Jack Zduriencik (2012), Eric and Kate Wedge (2013) and Michael Saunders (2014).

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