Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts finished fourth in the on-line voting for the final spot on the American League roster for the All-Star Game.
Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas was the winner, receiving 19.3 million votes. Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier was second followed by Detroit outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Bogaerts.
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was on the ballot before being named to the team as an injury replacement.
“The Red Sox organization tried really hard. The fans here and also back at home in Aruba, they tried,” Bogaerts said.
Kansas City fans emerged as a voting force this season. They elected catcher Salvador Perez, shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, and outfielder Alex Gordon to the team as starters and then Moustakas.
“The Kansas City fans this year have been pretty crazy for their players,” Bogaerts said. “I appreciate all the votes.”
Through Thursday, Bogaerts had a .755 OPS and 2.6 WAR. Escobar had a .700 OPS and 1.6 WAR.
Barring an injury replacement, utility player Brock Holt will be lone Red Sox representative in Cincinnati for Tuesday’s game.
The Sox have had only seven All-Stars the last four seasons. They had 19 from 2008-11.
Cardinals righthander Carlos Martinez was the National League’s Final Vote winner, defeating Johnny Cueto (Reds), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies), and Jeurys Familia (Mets).
Martinez received 14.1 million votes. In all, a record 111.8 million votes were cast over four days via the web, text message and Twitter.
Dustin Pedroia was eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday but was limited to running drills and taking batting practice before a 5-1 loss against the Yankees. He is out with a strained left hamstring.
With two games left before the All-Star break, bringing Pedroia back seems unlikely. He could get six more days off and presumably be fully healthy when the Sox play the Angels in California on July 17.
Friday was the first time Pedroia ran the bases since his injury.
“Baseball activity continues to improve,” manager John Farrell said. “Obviously we’re getting to that point, what’s the risk/reward with the potential four additional days of recovery?”
Theoretically, Pedroia could play a game or two in the minors next week. Double A Portland has a home game on Monday and Single A Lowell hosts games on Monday and Wednesday.
“We haven’t even approached that yet,” Farrell said. “He’ll be on the field as soon as he’s available.”
After being held out of the lineup for three games, slumping Mike Napoli was back at first base against the Yankees and was 1 for 3 along with being hit by a pitch. He had not started a game since July 4.
“He’s going to have good plate coverage, as we’ve seen. He swung the bat as consistent as we’ve seen. Not going to make too much out of it,” Farrell said.
Napoli is 3 of his last 30 and is hitting .194.
“His production has been clear. Yeah, there’s been streakiness; there’s been a stretch of time where he’s been challenged here of late. But when you look at the big picture, we’re going to need his production,” Farrell said.”
The Red Sox used David Ortiz at first base for two of the games Napoli was benched, both times ahead of scheduled days off. Ortiz, 39, plays with two heavily wrapped ankles to protect his Achilles’ tendons and playing him in the field too often is risking injury.
Farrell said Ortiz was on board with the idea.
“We didn’t feel like this was going to be a situation of regularity,” the manager said. “There were opportunities in the schedule. In talking with David directly about that, there was certainly a willingness on his part to get on the field. He does a good job there. But going forward, if those opportunities present, that will be David and I talking about it.”
Sunday would seem to present an opportunity for Ortiz to play first base with the Red Sox off four days.
New York, New York
The Yankees have won three straight and six of eight . . . Alex Rodriguez, who connected in the first inning, has 55 of his 671 home runs against the Red Sox. His 26 homers at Fenway lead all active visiting players . . . Justin Masterson made his first relief appearance of the season, getting three outs on nine pitches in the ninth inning . . . The Sox have lost eight of their last nine home games against the Yankees.
Swihart gets going
Blake Swihart, who is on the disabled list with a sprained left foot, started a rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Pawtucket. He was the designated hitter against Lehigh Valley, going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts . . . NESN announced that play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo will be on vacation for the upcoming seven-game road trip against the Angels and Astros. Josh Maurer, the play-by-play voice for Pawtucket will fill in.