BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox will be well-represented in next week's All-Star Game, as six team members have been named to the American League squad.
Designated hitter David Ortiz, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, starting pitcher Steven Wright, closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielders Mooke Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. were all announced tonight as members of the squad. The game will be played next Tuesday in San Diego.
“We're going to have a great representation of Red Sox,'' said John Farrell, "and deservedly so. I think what's great about the guys that are going to be participating in that game is that we have a number of starters (four) and I think that's more validation from around the country from the votes that they've generated, not just our fans.
"Whether they're young players or a veteran as David (Ortiz) is, this is a great combination of player that we're going tobe sending to San Diego. We've got a potential for a seventh player, Pedey (Dustin Pedroia) in the fan vote-in and I think in years to come, we'll look back as being the first of many for probably three of those guys (Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley Jr.) to be in.''
Ortiz, in his final season, was named to his 10th All-Star team, and his first since 2013. The 40-year-old DH, who plans to retire at the end of year, is having arguably his finest season, with 19 homers, 66 RBI and a .339 average entering tonight's game. His on-base percentage of .433 is the second-highest of his career and his .679 slugging percentage is the highest of his career. He also has a career-best 1.112 OPS and 186 OPS-plus through the first half of the year.
Kimbrel, acquired from San Diego last winter, will be appearing in his fifth All-Star Game and his first for the American League. He entered tonight's game with a 1-3 record, 17 saves and a 2.53 ERA in 32 appearances.
Earning berths for the first time are the Killer B's -- Bogaerts, Betts and Bradley -- and Wright. Bogaerts has a slash line of .336/.392/.481 in 80 games with 9 homers and 51 RBI; Betts is at .296/.335/.523 with 18 homers and 57 RBI, and Bradley is at .294/.381/.546 with 13 homers and 53 RBI.
Wright -- who only earned a roster spot because Eduardo Rodriguez was injured early in spring training -- is 9-5 in 16 starts with a 2.42 ERA.