4 Red Sox Elected to Start All-Star Game, 2 More Make AL Squad
Six Boston Red Sox players were named to the American League All-Star team today, ahead of the 87th MLB All-Star game in San Diego next Tuesday, including four players selected to star by the fans.
The four Boston players named as starters for the AL squad are shortstop Xander Bogaerts, outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts, and designated hitter David Ortiz, who will be participating in his final midsummer classic.
Boston also had two pitchers make the AL roster, as the team's closer Craig Kimbrel and upstart knuckleballer Steven Wright both parlayed impressive first half's into All-Star selections.
Wright is on the short list for AL Manager Ned Yost's options, as he prepares to name a starter for the team. The 31-year-old has mastered the fluttering pitch and dazzled with a 9-5 record and 2.42 ERA in 16 Starts this season.
If Wright earns the start, Boston Would match the Chicago Cubs of the National League with a league-high five starters.