Kershaw added to team, Pederson added to lineup
Dodgers pitcher an All-Star for 5th straight year, while rookie outfielder will start
LOS ANGELES - Clayton Kershaw was added to the roster and rookie Joc Pederson was named to the starting lineup for the National League team in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile, it was announced on Sunday.
Kershaw was named by manager Bruce Bochy to replace Max Scherzer, who started for the Washington Nationals on Sunday and would be unavailable for Tuesday.
Pederson, previously named to the squad as a reserve, will be the franchise's first rookie starting position All-Star, inheriting a spot in the lineup when Matt Holliday scratched with an injury. Pederson had the highest number of player votes for outfielders not already starting. He's the first Dodgers rookie All-Star since Hideo Nomo, who also started, in 1995.
Along with Kershaw and Pederson, Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal are All-Stars, giving the Dodgers five All-Stars for the first time since 1995 (Raul Mondesi, Jose Offerman, Mike Piazza, Todd Worrell and Nomo).
Kershaw, the reigning MVP, finished third in the Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote.
"I've said before, I have no pride in how I get there," Kershaw said. "I don't care if I was the batboy, as long as I get to make it there. When you look back, nobody remembers you were a replacement of a replacement who didn't win the fan vote. I'll enjoy it. They treat the family great. It's a good time. It's [6-month-old daughter] Cali's first All-Star Game, the outfits are being picked for the parade as we speak. It's a big deal for Cali."
This is his fifth consecutive All-Star honor, the most for a Dodgers pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela (1981-86). The only other with five straight is Sandy Koufax.
"Any time you're put with those guys, it's awesome," he said. "With the history here with Dodgers pitching, it's pretty spectacular."
Kershaw was asked if he found it amusing that the narrative on his season went from what's wrong with his pitching, to how could he be left off the All-Star team?
"The best way to answer that is, expectations are good," he said. "People have high expectations for me, and rightfully so. I'm here for a long time, they pay me lot of money to be good. I understand that, and I welcome the expectations. If sub-par and average are not good enough, that's great. I try not to put too much stock in it. I expect a lot from myself, so that helps me not to worry about it."
Manager Don Mattingly hasn't announced his starting rotation coming out of the All-Star break. Greinke is likely to be named the All-Star starter on Monday and might pitch two innings. If Kershaw pitches one inning, it would serve as his between-starts work and set him up to start the first game out of the break Friday night in Washington.
"I'll be ready whenever they tell me," he said.
Bochy, who missed two previous chances to name Kershaw an All-Star starting pitcher, said:
"Another great arm to help us in the All-Star Game. I'm happy for Clayton, and I know he's excited."