Jon Lester named to All-Star team as only Red Sox representative

July 06, 2014 - 3:28 pm
Red Sox ace Jon Lester was named to the American League All-Star team as a manager's selection. He is the only Red Sox representative -- for now. Closer Koji Uehara appears likely to be named to the team by AL manager John Farrell later this week as an injury replacement for a pitcher should one be needed. This is the third time Lester has been named to the All-Star team. Lester previously was named to the All-Star team in 2010 and '11. If Uehara is named to the All-Star team, it will be his first selection. Uehara was an eight time All-Star selection in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. "Obviously it's a big honor to represent the Red Sox and go to the All-Star Game and play a game with a lot of the great players in this game," Lester said. "I am fortunate to be a part of it. ... I think we as kids dream about it. This what you want to do as a kid. You watch All-Star Games, you watch the playoffs on TV and you dream about one day hopefully being in that position. To live that dream and have that opportunity to go to three All-Star Games, and two World Series rings -- I don't want to say it's a dream come true, because hopefully I have a few more World Series in me and all the other stuff to go along with it. Everyone in this room dreams about it as a kid." In 18 starts in 2014 Lester has a 2.73 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, a .242 opponent batting average, 122 strikeouts, 29 walks and a 9-7 win-loss record in 122 innings pitched. The 30-year-old ranks 17th in baseball among pitchers with a 2.0 WAR (according to Uehara has continued his dominance from 2013 this season. In 40 appearances Uehara has a 1.30 ERA, a 0.74 WHIP, 18 saves, one blown save, 52 strikeouts, six walks and 25 hits allowed in 41 2/3 innings pitched. Uehara is tied with Lester for the 17th best WAR among pitchers in the American League at 2.0 (according to "Jon Lester and Koji have pitched All-Star-caliber baseball this entire first half of the season," Farrell said. "When you look at what Jon has been able to do in terms of where he stacks with other starters -- in the top five or top six in most pitching categories -- he has earned the selection." American League starters voted in by the fans are: Jose Bautista (OF), Mike Trout (OF), Adam Jones (OF), Miguel Cabrera (1B), Robinson Cano (2B), Josh Donaldson (3B), Derek Jeter (SS), Matt Wieters (C) and Nelson Cruz (DH). Salvador Perez will replace the injured Wieters. AL pitchers will be: Yu Darvish, Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez, Masahiro Tanaka, David Price, Scott Kazmir, Mark Buehrle, Sean Doolittle, Greg Holland, Dellin Betances and Glen Perkins. Voted in as National League starters are: Troy Tulowitzki (SS), Paul Goldschmidt (1B), Chase Utley (2B), Aramis Ramirez (3B), Andrew McCutchen (OF), Carlos Gomez (OF), Yasiel Puig (OF) and Yadier Molina (C). The game will take place July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.