The 2013 MLB All-Star rosters have been announced, and three Boston Red Sox have made the roster. David Ortiz was voted in by the fans as the AL designated hitter, Dustin Pedroia will be the back up second baseman, and Clay Buchholz is on the roster as well.
Clay Buchholz will obviously not participate in the All-Star game as he is still on the disabled list and manager John Farrell has announced he will not even be back with the Red Sox until after the All-Star game. Despite being out since June 8, Buchholz managed to tally nine wins without a single loss and an ERA of just 1.71.
Dustin Pedroia was in a battle the whole first half with New York Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano. Cano won the fan vote, but the players did vote for Pedroia to his fourth All-Star game as a reserve. He is third in the AL in batting average behind the unreal first-half performances of Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and reigning MVP and Triple Crown winner Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
David Ortiz makes his ninth All-Star game roster in 10 seasons. He received the fifth most votes in the AL with just over 6.2 million votes. He is just two points behind Pedroia in batting average but has added 61 RBIs with 17 long balls and the always-entertaining two Big-Papi steals.
If there is an injury to an outfielder, I think there might be an outside chance Daniel Nava may be called upon to join the roster. Nava has been a very pleasant surprise this season in the outfield and at first base. His average is .287 with 10 dingers, 49 RBIs and has crossed the plate 47 times.