Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw a last-minute addition to National League All-Star team

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first_imgThe reigning Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner, Kershaw (6-6, 2.85 ERA) is an All-Star for the fifth consecutive season. He’s allowed 99 hits, 27 walks and struck out a league-leading 160 batters in 123 innings this season.The Dodgers will have five players in the All-Star Game, one more than last year and their most in any season since 1995: Kershaw, pitcher Zack Greinke, catcher Yasmani Grandal, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and center fielder Joc Pederson.“Teammates and different people in the media saying they want me there,” Kershaw said, “it’s not the most important thing, obviously, but it’s good to see that people respect what you do on the field.”Scherzer was voted in by players. Kershaw got the nod because he garnered the most player votes of any NL pitcher not already on the roster. Kershaw was listed on the online “Final Vote” ballot too, but finished behind St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez and Cueto when online voting ended Friday. Clayton Kershaw said that he took “no pride in how” he was chosen to play in the All-Star Game. Until Sunday morning, he had nothing to take pride in.Kershaw joined the National League roster when Major League Baseball announced that Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer would not participate in the game. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who pitched Sunday, like Scherzer, was also unable to participate.“I knew I had a chance” of playing in the game, Kershaw said. “I made plans both ways.” “People have high expectations for me,” Kershaw said. “Rightfully so. I’m here for a long time, (the Dodgers) are paying me a lot of money to be good. I welcome those expectations. If that means being subpar, being average isn’t good enough, that’s great. I try not to put too much stock into it. I expect a lot out of myself too, which I think helps me not worry about everything else.”The All-Star Game is Tuesday at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.Pederson a starterPederson wasn’t voted as an All-Star Game starter, but he’ll be in the National League lineup anyway.Fan-elected starter Matt Holliday was replaced on the roster by Ryan Braun, and Pederson moved into Holliday’s starting outfield spot. Pederson will also compete in the annual Home Run Derby on Monday. Bryce Harper (Nationals) and Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) are the other starting outfielders for the NL.AlsoTwo Dodgers prospects competed in the annual Futures Game in Cincinnati. Double-A catcher Kyle Farmer went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and Triple-A pitcher Juan Gonzalez struck out two of the three batters he faced in two-thirds of an inning. … Dodgers manager Don Mattingly declined to name his starters for the Dodgers’ three-game series against the Washington Nationals beginning Friday. … Jimmy Rollins batted leadoff for the first time since April 28 and doubled in his first at-bat of the game, but Mattingly didn’t sound like that move was permanent. “The lineup today was really for today,” he said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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