Six Red Sox named All-Stars

Updated: July 4, 2010, 9:56 PM ET
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Six members of the Boston Red Sox were named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday, and appropriately for this injury-plagued season, half of them likely won't be able to participate because they're hurt.

Pitchers Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester, both 10-game winners, as well as third baseman Adrian Beltre, designated hitter David Ortiz, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and catcher Victor Martinez earned spots on the team but Pedroia (fractured foot) and Martinez (fractured thumb) won't play July 13 at Anaheim, Calif., because they are on the disabled list. Buchholz, who has been slowed by a hamstring strain, is likely to join them on the DL, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Sunday.

It is the first All-Star selection for Buchholz, Lester and Beltre.

The Sox could land another player on the roster as first baseman Kevin Youkilis is among five players eligible for fan balloting to fill the final spot on the AL team. Youkilis' competition is the White Sox's Paul Konerko, the Yankees' Nick Swisher, Minnesota's' Delmon Young and Texas' Michael Young. Voting is being conducted at MLB.com and concludes Thursday at 4 p.m.

No Red Sox were voted to start the game, but this is the fourth straight year Boston has had at least six players named to the team. The Yankees are the only other team with six All-Stars.

Martinez and Pedroia were replaced by catcher John Buck of the Blue Jays and second baseman Ian Kinsler of the Rangers, respectively.

Beltre entered play Sunday third in the major leagues with a .341 average and tied for the lead among AL third basemen with 12 home runs.

Buchholz ranks second in the AL with a 2.45 ERA and tied for second in the league with 10 wins.

Lester has held opponents to a league-best .204 batting average (83-for-406) and also ranks among the league leaders in strikeouts (2nd, 118), wins (T-2nd, 10) and ERA (5th, 2.76).

Ortiz, who has 17 home runs and 54 RBIs, was named to his sixth All-Star team.

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