Four Birds selected to All-Star Game
Tejada, Roberts to start; Ryan, Mora also on AL roster
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' resurgence has not gone unnoticed, not by the fans who voted two players as starters in this year's All-Star Game. And not by Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who selected two other standouts to give the Orioles four representatives for the first time in six years.The Orioles, who are in second place in the American League East and in heavy contention for their first postseason berth since 1997, will send shortstop Miguel Tejada, second baseman Brian Roberts, third baseman Melvin Mora and closer B.J. Ryan to the All-Star Game in Detroit on Tuesday. The team announced the selections on the Jumbotron at Camden Yards before the bottom of the ninth inning of Baltimore's 9-4 loss to Cleveland on Sunday. Tejada and Roberts will be in the starting lineup, marking the first time since 1998 that the club has had two starters in the Midsummer Classic. Cal Ripken and Roberto Alomar were starters for the game at Coors Field in Denver. Mora will be making his second All-Star appearance while Ryan will make his first. Tejada serves as the emotional leader of the Orioles, but he is also one of the league's top players. Through Sunday, Tejada is hitting .323 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs -- the latter two categories leading the club. He also played his 837th consecutive game, the highest active streak in the Major Leagues. Tejada will make his third All-Star appearance. He made his debut in the 2002 game in Milwaukee and also was named to the roster last season in Houston. Tejada won the Home Run Derby with a record 27 home runs in 2004. He easily won election this season, earning 3,224,908 votes to 2,012,448 for the Yankees' Derek Jeter. Boston's Edgar Renteria finished third. "I'm really happy to be starting in the All-Star Game," Tejada said. "I appreciate everybody voting for me. I'm going to try to do a good job for them." Tejada was thrilled to have his double-play mate, Roberts, also in the lineup. "It's going to be exciting because we're going to keep the same duo from the season," Tejada said. "Me and Brian Roberts, we're going to enjoy it. We're going to enjoy every moment because we don't know when it's going to happen again." Roberts' rise to All-Star status is quite a story. He wasn't a full-time starter until former Oriole Jerry Hairston was felled with an injury in 2004. He emerged as a dependable leadoff hitter that season before becoming one of the league's most productive offensive players in 2005.
Gary Washburn is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.