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Three Red Sox Selected for AL All-Star Team

David Ortiz(WGGB) — Three Red Sox will be playing for the American League in the Midsummer Classic on July 16.

Boston’s only starter will be David Ortiz, who was voted in as a starter by the fans. He will be the designated hitter for the AL All-Stars, while second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was selected by manager Jim Leyland of the Tigers, will be a reserve.

Ortiz and Pedroia have combined for more than 100 RBI through the first half of the season and have the Red Sox leading the AL in runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, while holding second in batting average.

And after a stellar 9-0 start and a 1.71 ERA through more than 80 innings, Clay Buchholz was an easy selection for his first All-Star Game appearance.

The starters were selected by fans and the rest of the team was selected by the players and All-Star managers Bruce Bochy and Jim Leyland.

The All-Star rosters run 35 players deep, but only 34 players for each team were announced today. The final spot is up for grabs via the Final Vote. All 30 teams get at least one representative in the All-Star Game.

The All-Star Game will be at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16. The Home Run Derby will be on the 15th.