Rutherford County natives Sonny Gray and David Price were chosen Monday for Major League Baseball’s All-Star game held July 14 in Cincinnati.
It marks the first time that two players from Rutherford County were chosen for the contest. For Gray, a former Smyrna High and Vanderbilt standout pitcher, the all-star selection is his first and comes in his second full season.
Price, who was the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, is in his fifth all-star game.
Gray, 25, is currently second in the American League with a 2.09 ERA in 16 starts. The Oakland A’s ace has struck out 97 with 26 walks.
Gray, who is scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, was recently hospitalized with salmonella. He will also likely pitch on Sunday, which would keep him from playing in the all-star game. However, he would go through the workouts in Cincinnati.
Price, 29, is a former Blackman High and Vanderbilt standout. The left-handed ace for the Detroit Tigers is 8-2 this season with a 2.54 ERA in 17 starts. He has three complete games with 107 strikeouts and has walked just 22 batters.