Saturday, July 6, 2013
Ortiz, Pedroia, Buchholz named AL All-Stars
By Dan Arritt, Special to ESPNBoston.com
Starting DH David Ortiz will be joined by reserve 2B Dustin Pedroia on the AL All-Star team.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Ortiz is looking forward to having company again this summer.
Ortiz learned Saturday that he was voted on to the American League All-Star team as the starting designated hitter, joining Boston Red Sox teammates Dustin Pedroia and Clay Buchholz as manager selections for the July 16 game at Citi Field in New York.
"It's an honor, always, to be an All-Star," Ortiz said before the visiting Red Sox took on the Los Angeles Angels in the second game of their three-game series. "You've got to put a lot of good work together."
It's the ninth All-Star selection for the 37-year-old, who's hitting .321 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs in his 17th major league season. Ortiz made the team from 2004 to 2008 and again from 2010 to 2013.
Last year was the first time he didn't have any teammates joining him on the All-Star team. He said it was a strange feeling walking through the clubhouse and taking the field during pregame announcements, completely unlike past seasons when there were enough Red Sox to make it feel like a home game at Fenway Park.
"It was a different feeling last year, so when I first walked into spring training this year I said, 'I want more people on the All-Star team.'" he said. "We definitely did that, and it means we're playing better. That means we've got hopes, and, hopefully, in the second half it will continue."
Pedroia was selected to his fourth All-Star team and first since 2010. The speedy second baseman is hitting .323 with five home runs, 49 RBIs and 13 stolen bases and will serve as the backup to Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees. Pedroia got the nod over Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick, who's hitting .317 with 10 home runs, 39 RBIs and six stolen bases.
"There's a lot of great second baseman in the American League, so it's pretty special," Pedroia said. "We see them all, we play against them, follow how they're doing and stuff like that, so it's good competition."
Buchholz hasn't pitched in nearly a month because of neck and shoulder discomfort, but his 9-0 record and 1.71 ERA were enough to convince AL All-Star manager Jim Leyland to include him on the pitching staff. Buchholz said the injuries will prevent him from participating in the game, but he will make the trip to Citi Field.
Buchholz was also selected to the 2010 AL squad, but a hamstring injury prevented him from appearing in that game as well.
"Seems like the last couple years in June haven't been a good month for me, but it's an honor to be a part of it," he said. "I get to be around the guys who are the best in the league, so I'm excited about it."