Lester to represent Red Sox at All-Star Game

Lester to represent Red Sox at All-Star Game

BOSTON -- When John Farrell manages the American League All-Star team on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, he will have his ace along for the ride.

Jon Lester, who has been dominant and durable for the Red Sox this season, was selected by Farrell as one of the AL All-Stars when the selections were revealed on Sunday.

Though this is the third All-Star selection of Lester's career, he again relishes the opportunity.

"I'm obviously honored," Lester said. "It's a big honor to represent the Red Sox and get to go to the All-Star Game and get to play a game with a lot of the great players in the game, and I'm fortunate enough to be a part of it."

For now, Lester is Boston's lone All-Star. However, closer Koji Uehara is expected to be added to the team as a replacement later in the week.

"Koji Uehara is a candidate, the next up, in the event that a Sunday starter does not elect to pitch in the All-Star Game," Farrell said.

While Boston has struggled to score runs for most of the season, Lester has been effective in nearly all of his starts, continuing the form he used last October to help lead the Red Sox to the World Series championship.

Lester is in the midst of his hottest stretch of the season. Over his last two starts, the lefty hasn't allowed an earned run over 18 innings of work. If you're looking for a larger sample size, consider that Lester is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA over his last five starts.

Uehara, who was a Final Vote candidate last year but fell short, fired two scoreless innings on Sunday and has a 1.30 ERA.

David Ortiz, a nine-time All-Star and the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 World Series, didn't make the team. Though Farrell had the option of adding his slugger as one of the manager picks, Ortiz indicated that he'd rather rest up over the All-Star break.

Jon Lester, SP
Prior ASGs: 2010-11
ASG W-L: 0-2
ASG stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA
How he made 2014 AL team: Manager selection
Why he's an All-Star: Lester has gone seven innings or more in 11 of his 18 starts. He has prevailed in matchups against some of the best pitchers in the game, including Chris Sale and Masahiro Tanaka.
DYK?: Lester's six wins in the postseason tie him with Pedro Martinez for the most in Red Sox history.
Quotable: "I think we all as kids dream about it. This is what you want to do as a kid. You watch the All-Star Games, you watch the playoffs on TV. You dream about one day hopefully being in that position."

Immediately following the announcement of the AL and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, fans began voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until the winners are announced after the voting concludes on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans help choose the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and via Twitter in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.TV Premium subscribers, for the first time, will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 platforms that support MLB.TV, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

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.