Mitch Moreland Excited To Be First-Time All-Star

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Mitch Moreland. (Brian Davidson/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Five Red Sox are heading to the All-Star Game next week in D.C. Maybe six, if Andrew Benintendi wins the online fan vote. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez will start, while Mitch Moreland will come off the bench for the American League.

Chris Sale's an All-Star for the seventh straight year. No other pitcher has achieved that feat dating back to 2012. He started the Midsummer Classic each of the last two seasons. Starters will be announced Monday. The lefty leads baseball in strikeouts and has a 2.36 ERA.

"I feel like we're making up half the team, but that's awesome," Sale said. "I always love going to the All-Star Game, but being able to enjoy it with the teammates is a little more fun. Mitch is going for his first time, filling him in, I know his son's gonna have a blast too. It's fun, it's exciting, and I'm looking forward to it."

All-Star Hopeful Andrew Benintendi Reaching Base With Regularity
All-Star Hopeful Andrew Benintendi Reaching Base With Regularity
Benintendi's a candidate for the Final Vote to the American League All-Star squad.

Craig Kimbrel's an All-Star for the seventh time as well--third with Boston. But, Moreland--first-time All-Star at 32. He's posted career-highs in average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

"You can look around this clubhouse, and it's full of All-Stars," Moreland said. "Guys that have done it before, and had that kind of season this year. It's huge to have everyone behind us, I'm appreciative of it."

Seven more games before the break.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports 

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