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Rays’ Chris Archer not named as AL All-Star Starter

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After seeing him up close, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost evidently wasn’t sufficiently impressed with Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer.

At least he wasn’t impressed enough to name as the starter for the upcoming All-Star game.

Instead, Yost named Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros as his starter on Monday. Keuchel is 11-4 on the season with a 2.23 ERA.

Archer had a chance to debut, starting last week against Yost’s team. But Archer had one of his worst starts, losing his second straight game and giving up nine earned runs over six innings in the process.

Zach Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers will start for the National League. The Rays have two players on the All-Star team, Archer and reliever Brad Boxberger.

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

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