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AL All-Stars include Chris Archer, Brad Boxberger

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The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t have any everyday players named to the American League All-Star game, but they could have something to say about who starts and who finishes it.

The Rays had two pitchers named to the All-Star game Monday, one who was thought to be a sure thing and the other who said he felt “shock” that he was named. Starter Chris Archer (9-5) and reliever Brad Boxberger (20 saves) were named to the team Monday.

It has not yet been announced who will start for the American League, but Archer would appear to be on the short list. Archer has an ERA of 2.18 and 141 strikeouts. Boxberger was one of three relievers named for manager Ned Yost.

The Rays’ game Monday night against Kansas City was rained out.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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