NEW YORK (AP) - Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy has been picked to start for the American League in the All-Star game. It will be the Sabino High School grads' ('02) second All-Star appearance but first being voted in by the fans as a starter.
Hardy is hitting .254 this season with 15 home runs and 46 runs batted in. He has committed seven errors in 87 games which is one more than he had all of last season when he won the American League Gold Glove award at shortstop.
Hardy joins fellow Orioles Chris Davis and Adam Jones on the A.L. squad. First baseman Davis drew the most fan votes in the major leagues for his first selection.
The rosters for the All-Star game at Citi Field in New York on July 16 were announced Saturday night. The Orioles have three starters for the first time since Cal Ripken played in 1997. St. Louis, Cincinnati and Colorado each had two players picked by fans.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will be represented by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, both who were added as reserves by National League manager Bruce Bochy.
Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki were selected from the Rockies. First baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips have made it for the Reds. Outfielder Carlos Beltran and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, the NL's top vote-getter, are representing St. Louis.
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David Kelly contributed to this story.