Carroll County Times

Four Orioles headed to All-Star Game

NEW YORK - For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles have three starters in this year's All-Star Game. And for the first time since 2005, they'll have four representatives.
First baseman Chris Davis, who led all major league players in votes, shortstop J.J. Hardy, and center fielder Adam Jones are starters for the first time, and third baseman Manny Machado was selected in his first full season in the major leagues.
Davis, who leads the majors with 33 home runs, received 8.27 million votes. It's his first All-Star Game.
"I think any time you are getting that recognition not only from your fan base but from everybody across the nation, I think it feels good to know that people are watching," Davis said. "I think what we did last year towards the end of the season really kind of opened people's eyes to the fact that there's some good baseball being played in Baltimore.
"And the fact that we have a number of guys going to the All-Star Game again this year just shows that we're doing something right."
It's the third All-Star team for Jones, who was also named last year and in 2009.
"It's going to be awesome, having that many guys, especially three starters," Jones said. "You're going to see some of the cornerstone positions, first center field and shortstop, will have O's across their chest.
"I know Birdland has been very, very strong in voting this year. But you still have to get votes outside, outside of your own team and organization and it shows that myself, CD, Hardy and Machado are really being looked at amongst baseball, instead of just in Baltimore. It's humbling that we've got four guys going."
Hardy, who was a 2007 National League All-Star with the Milwaukee Brewers, was voted in this time.
"I think with what we did last year, I think really people are starting to notice what we did this year. It's awesome for all the guys on this team," Hardy said. "That just shows the fans are showing their support."
On his 21st birthday, Machado was picked as a reserve to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera at third.
"It's crazy what I've been through my first year in major league baseball, making the playoffs last year, just having two months into the league and then obviously now making the All-Star and having such good success right now," Machado said.
The game will be played at New York's Citi Field on July 16.
"I'm real proud of them," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Could have been some others. You look at the competition for these spots, I'm real proud of all of them, and some other guys, too, who weren't even in the voting. It's a nice moment for the organization and for the players and, more importantly, the fans. They really turned out and supported our guys, so I'm really proud of our fans, too."
Nick Markakis finished fourth and Nate McLouth fifth among outfielders.
The Orioles were hoping that Markakis, who has played well for eight years, would make it, but he wasn't chosen as a reserve. Nor were Jim Johnson and Matt Wieters, who were selected last year, or Chris Tillman. Wieters finished second among catchers.
Jones was disappointed Markakis wasn't picked.
"He's a guy who has put up numbers in his career," Jones said. "He plays every single day. He knows how to play the game. He's one of the best right fielders in the game to me. He just doesn't get the attention because that's not who he is.
"I would've loved to see him go, but you never know. I know he doesn't care, but me as his teammate, I've been seeing it for six years, yeah, I think he just needs to go to one because he's one hell of a player to me."