Sean Doolittle has been nearly unhittable since taking over the closer's role for the Oakland Athletics in late May. The lefty has 13 saves and 61 strikeouts in just 42 innings of work.
That stellar first half has earned Doolittle his first selection to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be played at Target Field in Minnesota next week.
Doolittle was one of six Athletics (Scott Kazmir, Derek Norris, Brandon Moss, Yoenis Cespedes, Sonny Gray) named to the American League roster Sunday night.
Oakland's 55 wins lead Major League Baseball and the A's hold a 3.5-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.
Doolittle will be managed in the game by Boston's John Farrell. The two were the keynote speakers at Virginia's "Step Up to the Plate" event this past January. Doolittle was also a teammate of Jeremy Farrell, John's son, at Virginia.