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Alex Wood named to National League All-Star team

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LOS ANGELES — All the Dodgers snubs have been rectified. Starting pitcher Alex Wood was named on Friday as a National League All-Star as a replacement for teammate Clayton Kershaw, who is starting for the Dodgers on Sunday and thus ineligible to pitch on Tuesday.

Wood is 10-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 15 games this season, including 13 starts. The left-hander has 97 strikeouts and 22 walks in 80⅔ innings, just 6⅓ innings shy of qualifying for the leaderboards.

Among the 147 major league pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched in 2017, Wood ranks first in FIP (2.04) and xFIP (2.58) and second in ERA (1.67).

“To an extent I understand, as a starter. I started in the bullpen so I didn’t have as many innings as a lot of guys,” Wood said Friday. “It makes you wonder at what point does quality trump quantity to some extent. I guess I was right on that line.”

Wood is just the second pitcher in the All-Star era to be undefeated at the break with at least 10 wins and a sub-2.00 ERA, joining Roy Face (12-0, 1.12) in 1959. Face pitched all 29 of his games in relief before the break in 1959.

This is the first-time All-Star nod for Wood, joining teammates Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger in the first-timers club. With that trio joining Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and Corey Seager in Miami, the Dodgers have six All-Stars, most in the National League.

Turner won the Final Vote in the NL on Thursday.

The last time the Dodgers had six All-Star players was in 1991, when outfielder Darryl Strawberry started and was joined by first baseman Eddie Murray, second baseman Juan Samuel, outfielder Brett Butler, and pitchers Ramon Martinez and Mike Morgan.

The All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday at Marlins Park in Miami, and televised by Fox.