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Indians’ Francisco Lindor and Brad Hand Named to American League All-Star Team

Two more Indians will be joining All-Star starter Carlos Santana for the MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland on July 9th.

Both shortstop Francisco Lindor and closer Brad Hand were both named to the squad Sunday afternoon following the teams’ 2-0 shutout in Baltimore.

This season Lindor is hitting .291 (76-for-261) with 16 doubles, 1 triple, 12 home runs, 27 RBI and 41 runs scored in 64 games so far in 2019 (.349/.498/.848).

The selection mark’s Lindor’s fourth consecutive trip to the Mid-Summer Classic, joining Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau (seven, 1940-44; 1947-48) as the only shortstops in club history with at least four career All-Star appearances.

Francisco collected his 100th career home run on April 26, becoming the third-youngest player in club history and third-youngest full-time shortstop to do so, behind only Cal Ripken, Jr. and Álex Rodríguez.

Hand has 23 saves for the Indians, and will be making his first All-Star appearance with the Indians, and third straight after two appearances with the San Diego Padres.

This season Hand is 4-3 with a 2.29 ERA in 37 relief appearances (35.1IP, 26H, 9ER, 9BB, 53K, .203 avg), notching 23 saves in 24 opportunities (96%).

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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