David Ortiz (left) and Mookie Betts are two of six Red Sox All-Stars. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

6 Red Sox named All-Stars: David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Mookie Betts, Steven Wright, Craig Kimbrel

John Tomase
July 05, 2016 - 4:01 pm
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The All-Star rosters have been announced and the Red Sox are well-represented with four starters on the American League team and six players overall, with the possibility of a seventh. Leading the way is franchise icon David Ortiz, who was voted the starting DH on Tuesday. He'll make his 10th All-Star appearance in his final season. The 40-year-0ld will be joined in the starting lineup by three first-timers: shortstop Xander Bogaerts, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., and right fielder Mookie Betts. On the pitching side, knuckleballer Steven Wright will be making his first appearance after an outstanding first half, while closer Craig Kimbrel was a relatively surprising selection after a solid first half. Meanwhile, second baseman Dustin Pedroia is up for the Final Five voting for the last spot on the roster. "Well, we're going to have a great representation of the Red Sox -- and deservedly so," said manager John Farrell. "I think what's great about the guys that are going to be participating in that game, we've got a number of starters, and I think that's more validation around the country for the votes that they've generated, not just by our fans. Whether they're young players, a veteran as David is, this is a great combination of players that we're going to be sending to San Diego." -- Ortiz began the night hitting .339 with 19 homers, 66 RBIs and a league-leading 1.112 OPS. The 40-year-old announced last fall that this season will be his last. "Having a break is great, you know what I'm saying, but it's not like I'm going to go to another All-Star Game as a player," Ortiz said. "It is what it is. Getting around 3 million votes, that's a lot of people that would like to see you out there. That's something I really appreciate, that people take their time to vote for myself and my teammates and want us to be there as a massive group. Four days to rest and be chilling is good, but this All-Star Game, I'm going to try to enjoy it the most. This is going to be my final year playing. There's not going to be another time. I'm going to go out there and have fun and make sure that the fans that voted for David Ortiz enjoy watching me." -- Bogaerts is hitting .336 with 114 hits, second only to Jose Altuve of the Astros. "Coming up, you always want to win a World Series first, and whenever you have something like this, to go to the All-Star Game, it's nice," Bogaerts said. "I want to thank everyone that voted for me -- the coaches, the fans, the players, especially the people back home in Aruba." -- Bradley, who earlier this year recorded a 29-game hitting streak, is at .294 with 13 home runs and a .927 OPS. "I've been through a lot of adversity, but I think that shows that I'm willing to put the work in to keep moving forward," Bradley said. "That sounds a little cliche. Everyone always says it's a dream come true, but it's a dream come true" -- Rounding out the starting lineup, Betts is batting .296 with 18 home runs and 71 runs scored. "Obviously just making the team is something special," Betts said, "but then being a starter, too, makes it that much more sweet. I'm just going to go have fun and enjoy it." -- On the pitching side, Wright is 9-5 with a 2.42 ERA and three complete games, while Kimbrel has 17 saves and 2.53 ERA. Wright has an outside chance of starting the game. "That would be icing on the cake, I think, for me," he said. "I'm not worried about that. The fact that I get to go and experience it with all the great players of this first half, I'm just going to cherish it and try to enjoy it. If I get to start, great. Either way, I'm going to the All-Star Game. It's going to be fun."