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Ray, Lamb join Goldy, Greinke as All-Stars

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PHOENIX -- Four D-backs are headed to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 11 in Miami, the most they've had selected for a Midsummer Classic since 2002.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt, third baseman Jake Lamb, left-hander Robbie Ray and right-hander Zack Greinke were all chosen via the players' ballot.

PHOENIX -- Four D-backs are headed to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 11 in Miami, the most they've had selected for a Midsummer Classic since 2002.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt, third baseman Jake Lamb, left-hander Robbie Ray and right-hander Zack Greinke were all chosen via the players' ballot.

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This will be Goldschmidt's fifth consecutive All-Star Game and Greinke's fourth. Lamb and Ray had never been chosen before. Last year, Goldschmidt was the team's lone representative. He's happy to have company this time around.

"It makes it a little bit more special," Goldschmidt said. "We'll get to all enjoy it together. Not just random teammates for me, either, but guys that I'm really close with off the field, and we'll get to all go and enjoy it together. I just know how much fun I've had every year and now knowing that [they] and their families will get to enjoy that too is very exciting."

Video: Goldy, Greinke, Lamb and Ray on making All-Star Team

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo broke the news to the four players in a team meeting just prior to Sunday's game against the Rockies.

The D-backs' club record for players selected to an All-Star Game was in 2002 when six were chosen by then-manager Bob Brenly. The only other time the D-backs had as many as four representatives was in 1999.

Video: Ray talks about the honor of being named an All-Star

Goldschmidt entered Sunday's game leading the Majors in RBIs with 66 and he was first in the NL in on-base percentage (.436), Wins Above Replacement (4.1) and second in on-base plus slugging percentage (1.029).

Lamb, who was an Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote candidate last year, has ping-ponged with Goldschmidt atop the NL RBI leaderboard. Lamb entered Sunday with 65 while first among NL third basemen in home runs (18) and second in total bases (160). He'll have to change his plans to spend the break back home in Seattle.

"I told everyone that it's nice to cancel those plans now," Lamb said. "I'm obviously excited. It's a dream come true, really."

Video: SD@ARI: Lamb crushes a three-run home run to right

Ray has had a breakout season. The 25-year-old entered Sunday third in the NL in strikeouts (128) and third in opponent's batting average (.202). Over his last eight starts, Ray is 6-1 with a 1.81 ERA.

"I think it's going to be fun," Ray said of matching up against the American League's best hitters. "It's definitely going to be a challenge because everybody is there for a reason, but you're going to come out and bring your best stuff no matter who it is."

Video: ARI@PIT: Ray notches 10th K to secure the shutout

Greinke suffered through an injury-plagued 2016 season, his first in Arizona after signing a six-year, $206.5 million free-agent deal, but he has rebounded this season. He came into Sunday ranked second in the NL in WAR (2.9), tied for second in wins (10) and third in WHIP (1.02).

"Probably besides the first one, probably the most exciting one," Greinke said of the selection. "Because we all had a tough year last year and we're doing good this year and a lot of people made turnarounds and we're playing really good."

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Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices until 1 p.m. MST on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 3 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 7 a.m.-1 p.m. MST on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

On Tuesday, July 11, at 4:30 p.m. MST, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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