Kemp an All-Star starter; Kendrick, Kershaw, Weaver will also go
Angel right-hander Jered Weaver and infielder Howie Kendrick and the Dodger duo of left-hander Clayton Kershaw and outfielder Matt Kemp were all selected Sunday to play in next week's All-Star Game in Arizona.
Weaver, who led the major leagues in strikeouts last season, tops the American League with a 1.92 ERA this season and is second in wins with 10. This is his second All-Star selection.
Kershaw, a first-time All-Star, is the current major league strikeout leader with 138 to go with eight wins. If he and Weaver continue to pitch on their normal schedule, they would be in line to start the July 12 game in Phoenix.
Kemp, a triple crown candidate who leads the National League with 22 home runs to go with a .327 average and 64 runs batted in, was voted into the league's starting outfield alongside Ryan Braun of Milwaukee and the Cardinals' Lance Berkman. This is his first All-Star Game.
Not making the cut was Dodger outfielder Andre Ethier, who is hitting .322, fifth-best in the NL, with 41 RBIs.
For more on the All-Star selections, go to latimes.com.
-- Kevin Baxter
Photo: Dodgers center fielder runs the basepaths during a game against Cincinnati on June 15. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times