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Judge, Acuña lead All-Star Game starters after first balloting

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves have been named as starters in next month’s All-Star Game after leading all players in the first round of balloting on Thursday.

It is the fourth career All-Star appearance for Judge, who is hitting an average of .290/.365/.636 in addition to a league-leading 29 home runs and 62 runs scored. He also earned a starting spot in the 2017, 2018 and 2021 editions.

Not to be outdone is the 24-year-old Acuña Jr., who earned his third All-Star appearance after posting impressive averages of .281/.372/.455 with seven home runs in 43 games.

Acuña Jr., who hails from La Guairá, Venezuela, missed last year’s edition with a gruesome knee injury. He missed the start of the season after recovering from last year’s ACL surgery.

Meanwhile, the remaining starters will be announced on July 8 while the full rosters for the All-Star Game in Dodger Stadium will be revealed on July 10.

John Carlo A. Villaruel is an international sports journalist. His work has been published in Fox, Cebu Daily News, VAVEL, and several other publications across North America, Europe, and Asia. John is a huge fan of MLB and basketball and has been writing sports content for the past five years.

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