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Ortiz, Pedroia, Buchholz selected to All-Star team; Uehara on ballot for final spot

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 6, 2013 08:09 PM

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — David Ortiz is going back to the All-Star Game and this time he’s bringing some teammates.

A year after Ortiz was the lone representative for the Red Sox, he was joined by Dustin Pedroia and Clay Buchholz on the American League roster.

Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara was selected as one of five candidates for the final spot on the roster. The winner will be determined by on-line fan voting.

The game is July 16 at Citi Field in New York.

“It was weird last year,” Ortiz said on Saturday. “It’ll be good to have some more Red Sox around.”

Ortiz was the overwhelming winner to start at DH with 6.2 million votes. Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion was second with 2.5 million. Pedroia was selected as a reserve.

Ortiz has been an All-Star in nine of the last 10 seasons, the most of any player.

Ortiz and Bobby Doerr are tied for the third-most All-Star selections in Red Sox history. Only Carl Yastrzemski (18 times) and Ted Williams (17) have more.

Ortiz is hitting .321 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs in 68 games this season. His 1.024 OPS is the third highest in baseball.

Ortiz missed the final 2 1/2 months of last season with a strained Achilles' tendon and started this season on the disabled list.

“When the fans pick you, it’s because they want to see you play,” Ortiz said. “It’s great to be going again.”

Pedroia is now a four-time All-Star after going two years without being selected. He is hitting .323 with a .404 on-base percentage and has started all but one game this season. Pedroia has 30 extra-base hits, 49 RBIs, and 13 stolen bases.

“There are a lot of great second basemen in the American League, so it’s pretty special,” Pedroia said. “The game means something, so we have to go win.”

Buchholz is 9-0 with a 1.71 earned-run average. He has not pitched since June 8 because of a shoulder injury. Major League Baseball named Oakland’s Bartolo Colon to replace him on the roster but Buchholz will go to New York to be part of the festivities.

“It’s an honor to be a part of it and be around the guys who are the best in the league,” he said. “I’m excited about. I just wish I was healthy and could pitch..

Buchholz was an All-Star in 2010 but did not pitch because of an injury.

The 38-year-old Uehara was an All-Star in Japan but not since he came to the majors in 2009. He has appeared in 39 games for the Red Sox and is 2-0 with five saves.

Uehara has a 1.95 ERA and an 0.79 WHIP. Over 37 innings he has walked eight and struck out 52.

“If I get actually chosen, [I'll] probably explode with excitement,” Uehara said through interpreter C.J. Matsumoto. “I didn’t think I was in a position to be chosen this year for the All-Star team. I don’t know what to feel.''

In previous years, Japanese players have done well in the final vote with the backing of their homeland. Former Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima made the team via that route in 2007.

Uehara joked that fans in Japan might not support him.

“I’m not sure if that will the case for me,” he said.

Why not?

“I’m not popular,” Uehara said in English before laughing.

Ortiz said he wanted Uehara to be in the game if only to see what would happen if he high-fives the entire dugout.

"He might get into a fight because he might slap somebody in the face," Ortiz said.

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