The starting lineup for the American League side of the All-Star Game has officially been posted, and one Red Sox player finds himself in the fold.
David Ortiz will be the sole representative for the AL-leading Sox among the starters at Citi Field Tuesday, batting sixth for this star-studded affair. The lumbering DH has rebounded from a major Achilles injury that limited his play to 90 games in 2012 and heel soreness that knocked him out for the first two weeks of this season to put together a vintage Big Papi campaign in 2013.
In 77 games, Ortiz has 19 home runs and 65 RBIs and is hitting for average as well, coming in at .317 along with a .402 OBP. He has also played a large role in the Sox turnaround in 2013, a positive change that places a team that won 69 game all of last season just 11 short of that mark at the All-Star break.
Ortiz won't be the only Sox player in New York this week. Dustin Pedroia will also participate in the All-Star Game, although not as a starter. The second baseman has 6 home runs and 56 RBIs in 96 games in 2013, batting .316 in this prosperous 2013 campaign.
Clay Buchholz also was named an All-Star but will not be playing as he continues his recovery from injury. The 28-year-old righty had been enjoying form he hadn't seen since 2010 earlier this season, putting together a 1.71 ERA in his first 12 starts while posting a spotless 9-0 record.
Shoulder issues have sidelined him since June 8, though, and he has yet to return to the mound for the Sox since.