Hideki Okajima and Chris Young won the internet fan vote for the last roster spot on their respective league’s All-Star teams, Major League Baseball announced yesterday. Okajima becomes the sixth Red Sox player to represent the team, beating out Jeremy Bonderman, Pat Neshek, Kelvim Escobar and Roy Halladay. The Boston pitcher currently has a 2-0 record, with a 0.88 ERA and 4 saves. He joins teammates Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz on the squad.
Chris Young, 8-3 with a 2.00 ERA and 99 strikeouts, beat out Carlos Zambrano, Brandon Webb, Tom Gorzelanny and Roy Oswalt, the latter of which was named to the NL roster when John Smoltz withdrew because of injury. Young received more than 4.5 million votes on the internet, whereas Okajima claimed his spot after receiving 4.3 million.
In a separate incident, Young began his five game suspension yesterday for his part in a brawl with the Chicago Cubs, which started after Young beaned Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee. He had previously appealed the suspension, which allowed him to play, but he has since dropped it and began serving his suspension on the day he got the All-Star news.