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Farrell keeping possible Red Sox All-Stars in the loop

American League manager will pick seven players for July 15 Midsummer Classic

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Farrell keeping possible Red Sox All-Stars in the loop

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell is looking forward to knowing what his All-Star roster will look like once the squad is unveiled Sunday. In the meantime, he's doing what he can to keep the candidates on his team updated.

"Given all the information we've received over the last three days, you kind of keep guys apprised of who would be in consideration, what scenarios may or may not play out like," said Farrell. "You deal with them as straight up as possible and know that guys in our uniform did an awful lot last year for us to be in this position to be able to go to Minnesota. You keep that in mind, but I think guys recognize, too, that they're voting members, so they see years that players are having and they're realistic in their own right."

Fans vote for the starters, while players from around the league select the reserves and most of the pitchers.

Farrell selects seven players, in conjunction with Major League Baseball.

"But you have to take into account a number of factors," Farrell said. "Every team being represented; we're mandated to have a 13-man pitching staff. There are a few things that kind of narrow down your overall selections."

Brock Holt, who has come out of nowhere to have a solid season for Boston, is one intriguing candidate.

"There's been some conversation about him, and yet because of the other factors just mentioned, you don't have carte blanche to have a 34-man roster," Farrell said.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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