Altuve's league-leading numbers pad All-Star case

Altuve's league-leading numbers pad All-Star case

HOUSTON -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve entered Friday leading the American League in hits (107), stolen bases (30) and batting average (.334), which should put him in good shape to be selected to the American League All-Star Game.

If Altuve leads the AL in all three categories at the All-Star break, he would be only the second player since 1957 to do that, joining Ichiro Suzuki (2003).

"Jose Altuve is an All-Star second baseman," manager Bo Porter said. "He's put up some good numbers to this point. He is the catalyst to our offense. He's on base and stealing bases and getting everyone that comes behind him better pitches to hit, so positive things happen."

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