Quintana Named to American League All-Star Team

It’s a special first for Jose Quintana

The 27-year-old Colombian professional baseball player, a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, has replaced the Cleveland IndiansDanny Salazar on the American League All-Star roster.

Jose Quintana

A first-time All-Star, Quintana is 7-8 with a 3.21 ERA, sixth in the AL at the start of Sunday. He joins teammate Chris Sale on the AL roster.

Kansas City‘s Wade Davis, Boston‘s Craig Kimbrel and Toronto‘s Marco Estrada also were dropped from the AL pitching staff because of injuries, and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez were added.

In the National League, Los AngelesClayton Kershaw and New York‘s Noah Syndergaard got hurt and won’t pitch, along with Stephen Strasburg, who just came off the disabled list, and San Francisco‘s Madison Bumgarner, who starts Sunday. New York’s Bartolo Colon, San Diego‘s Drew Pomeranz and Washington‘s Max Scherzer were added.

In the infield, Aledmys Diaz replaced St. Louis teammate Matt Carpente. In the outfield, Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce and Pittsburgh‘s Starling Marte replaced the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes and Chicago‘s Dexter Fowler.

Miami‘s Marcell Ozuna and Colorado‘s Carlos Gonzalez entered the starting lineup in place of Cespedes and Fowler.

Escobar’s Historic World Series Homerun Baseball Sells for Nearly $20,000

A piece of Alcides Escobar’s World Series history has found a new home.

Alcides Escobar

The baseball that the 28-yar-old Venezuelan Kansas City Royals shortstop hit for an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first inning in Game 1 sold on Wednesday night for $19,200.

The ball was retrieved and authenticated by Major League Baseball with a QR code and a hologram. The league then put it up on its website for eight days before the auction closed after 84 bids at 11:18 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Alcides Escobar's World Series Homerun Baseball

A Game 1-used third base, which was used for the first two innings only, was also sold Wednesday night for $6,260. Two game-used balls from the game sold for $900 and $1,220.

Other World Series game-used item auctions that will close in the next couple of days include Johnny Cueto‘s first-pitch ball in Game 2 and Noah Syndergaard‘s first-pitch ball for the New York Mets in Game 3, which buzzed Escobar’s head and sent him to the ground.

Syndergaard’s Game 3 jersey is also being auctioned off.

The highest price paid for a game-used ball purchased on Major League Baseball’s website was the ball used to throw the first pitch of Game 7 of last year’s World Series, which went for $28,890.

Last year, MLB.com also sold the ball used to make Derek Jeter‘s last out for more than $24,000.

Escobar’s inside-the-park home run was the first in a World Series game since Mule Haas of the Philadelphia A‘s did it in 1929.