Arenado, LeMahieu hoping Tulowitzki joins them in Cincinnati
DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies' two newest All-Stars are hoping they can bring a third along to Cincinnati next week.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman DJ LeMahieu were named reserves to NL team on Monday and will find out Friday if star teammate Troy Tulowitzki will join them. Tulowitzki is on the Final Vote ballot, which is voted upon by fans until 4 p.m. Friday.
''That would be awesome,'' Arenado said. ''To have Tulo in there, too, it will feel like another game for us.''
Arenado and LeMahieu were both Gold Glove winners in 2014 and have continued their solid defensive play this season. Arenado has surged at the plate and entered Tuesday with 24 home runs and a NL-leading 68 RBIs, both career highs.
Tulowitzki, a four-time All-Star, is hitting .321 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs. Surgery on his left hip limited him to 91 games in 2014.
He was voted an NL All-Star by the fans last season but did not play because of his hip injury. If he wins the Final Vote he will tie Todd Helton for the most All-Star selections in franchise history.
''To win that Final Vote that would be something cool, something I would always remember,'' he said. ''At the same time, if I don't, I'll get some rest, hang out with my family. So it's really a win-win situation for me.''
Arenado is the first Rockies third baseman since Jeff Cirillo in 2000 to be selected as an All-Star and LeMahieu is the first Colorado second baseman since Eric Young in 1996. Both players said they didn't focus on the possibility of making the NL squad, which helped them concentrate in the first half of the season.
''It was so far from the radar,'' LeMahieu said. ''Not until the last two or three weeks I was even considering being a part of it.''
Arenado and LeMahieu might do some campaigning for Tulowitzki but the shortstop said he won't push for votes.
''I'm not a big fan of it,'' he said. ''I won't be sitting here campaigning for myself or I won't be shooting texts about myself and trying to get myself in.