Kenley Jansen and Matt Kemp Selected for National League All-Star Team

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Kenley Jansen and Matt Kemp selected for National League All-Star Team

Right-handed pitcher Kenley Jansen and outfielder Matt Kemp were selected for the National League All-Star team Major League Baseball officials announced Sunday.

Jansen was selected via player balloting, and Kemp, who was selected by fans, will both be making their third All-Star game appearance at the 89th All-Star game on Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. 

Dodger manager Dave Roberts will be managing the National League team that may also see Dodger infielder/outfielder Max Muncy as a player. Muncy was selected as a Final Vote candidate and could join Jansen and Kemp on the field via fan balloting. Voting for that runs through this Wednesday on Dodgers.com or MLB.com/vote. 

The 30-year-old Jansen was selected for his third appearance at the All-Star Game thanks to his incredible record so far, with 24 saves, while posting a 2.34 ERA, a .189 opponents' batting average and a 0.94 WHIP in 40 appearances. Jansen can also boast the record for all-time leader in saves (254) and strikeouts by a reliever (786). 

Kemp is also making his third All-Star appearance as a fan-elected started for the first time since 2011. The 33-year-old outfielder ranks among the National League's best in batting average (.317, 4th), slugging percentage (.550, 4th) and RBI (57, 10th) in 84 games. He also leads the Majors with a .438 batting average with runners in scoring position (28-for-64). Kemp is also the first fan-elected starter since Yasiel Puig in 2014. 

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