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

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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.

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