7/6 Castro, Samardzija named NL All-Stars

Muskat Ramblings

Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija were both named to the National League All-Star team. Both were elected by player votes. This is Castro’s third All-Star selection.

“After that bad year last year, that’s what we’re looking for — make it a good year this year,” Castro said in Washington after the Cubs’ game. “Make it to the All-Star Game. And come back on that level.

“[It feels] awesome,” Castro said. “Everybody in my family is happy, too. I called them right away and they celebrated at home.”

Samardzija, who picked up a win in his first start for Oakland on Sunday, will be able to attend the game as a member of the NL squad, but he will not play in the game because of the trade. The right-hander, who was 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA in 17 starts with the Cubs, will be replaced on the roster in the…

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