Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar added to all-star game

Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia talks with relief pitcher Steve Delabar during MLB action...

Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia talks with relief pitcher Steve Delabar during MLB action against the Cleveland Indians, July 9, 2013. (REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:45 PM ET

And then there were five.

Relief pitcher Steve Delabar became the fourth player and fifth member of the Blue Jays who will take part in next Tuesday’s all-star game when it was announced late Thursday afternoon that he was the winner in the American League Final Vote. It is Delabar’s first all-star game selection.

Delabar, who turns 30 the day after the game, joins manager John Gibbons and fellow players Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Cecil as the Blue Jays’ participants.

In the final voting that ended at 4 p.m., Delabar finished ahead of Boston’s Koji Uehara, New York’s David Robertson, Detroit’s Joaquin Benoit and Texas’ Tanner Scheppers.

Delabar is one of several Blue Jays relievers — Cecil is another — who is having a tremendous season. He currently sits third in strikeouts (57) and fifth in ERA (1.74) and has become the set-up man in the eighth inning.


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