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Blue Jays closing in on All-Star selection Jordan Romano

Jordan Romano is the sixth member of the Toronto Blue Jays to be named to this year’s All-Star Game. (Getty Images)

The Jays will take over Los Angeles next week.

MLB announced Sunday that Toronto Blue Jays star Jordan Romano has been selected to replace injured New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole in the 2022 All-Star Game next Tuesday.

In 34 appearances out of the bullpen this season, the Markham, Ont., native has converted 19 saves, tied for the most in the American League, while posting a 2.73 ERA. Romano broke the club record for most consecutive saves converted earlier this season, ending the streak at 31 after being beaten by the Houston Astros in April.

The 29-year-old is the sixth Blue Jays player to be named to this year’s AL All-Star Team, joining Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Alejandro Kirk, Alek Manoah and Santiago Espinal in Los Angeles. George Springer was also selected, but will miss the festivities with an elbow injury.

Toronto is now tied with the Yankees and Atlanta Braves for the most single-team reps at this year’s Midsummer Classic.

Chicago White Sox reliever and former Blue Jay Liam Hendriks was also selected as an All-Star replacement, replacing Astros ace Justin Verlander.

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