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Campaign for Rosario All-Star bid in full swing

Berrios already on AL roster

July 09, 2018 - 5:22 am
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The Twins started their marketing campaign to get left fielder Eddie Rosario voted to the All-Star game as part of the league's final ballot.

   Minnesota players and coaches wore tuxedo T-shirts for the pregame batting practice that had "Vote Rosie" on the back. The idea behind the campaign is based on `The Bachelor' TV show, which is known for handing out roses to chosen participants.

   Rosario took the field in the first inning with a rose in hand and gave it to a female fan in the stands near left field.

   Rosario, who drove in a run in Monday's 3-1 win over Kansas City, was seventh in the AL in hits starting Monday's games. He was also tied with Boston outfielder Mookie Betts for fourth in the league with 185 total bases.

Pitcher Jose Berrios made the roster for the first time in his young career, thanks to nine wins, an earned run average of 3.41, and 122 strikeouts.

"I feel so happy, so proud to have the opportunity," said Berrios. "It's an honor for me."

Under All-Star Game rules, each team must have at least one representative. That likely kept Berrios' fellow Puerto Rico countryman off the roster. 

Berrios celebrated with seven solid innings and eight strikouts in beating the Royals on Monday at Target Field.

"I couldn't be more happy for him," Twins manager Paul Molitor said about Berrios' first All-Star selection. "A lot of guys don't play to be All-Stars, that's just their make-up. They play at a high level all the time and they get acknowledged when they perform well, and this is the case for him."

Rosario has put together some All-Star numbers in the first half of the season. He has a .300 batting average with 18 home runs and 54 RBI through Monday's game.

"I'm happy for him, he's my brother Puerto Rican," said Rosario of Berrios. "He worked hard. It's the same dream for both (of us)."

Fans can pick between Rosario and four others to take up the last roster spot for the AL. Also on the ballot are Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox, Andrelton Simmons of the Angels, the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton and the Mariners' Jean Segura. 

The Twins have now had seven players on the Final Vote, which began in 2002, with none winning. Two of those players, Francisco Liriano and Brian Dozier, wound up getting selected to the All-Star Game as injury replacements.

The Associated Press contributed content to this report.