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Sox sending trio to All-Star Game
07/04/2004  7:00 PM ET
ATLANTA -- For two out of Boston's three 2004 All-Stars, the honor was yet another stamp on a prolific career. But it was much more than that for Sox DH-1B David Ortiz.

The left-handed slugger's first All-Star berth was yet another sign of how far he has elevated his game since coming to the Red Sox last season.

Ortiz, the American League leader in RBIs, will ride shotgun with teammates Manny Ramirez and Curt Schilling in Houston on July 13.

"I feel great, especially for David," said Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez. "Curt and Manny have always been there. I'm happy for them. But for David, his first time, he was praying he'd make it. I just can't describe how happy I am for him."

Ramirez, Boston's lethal cleanup man, was voted in by the fans as a starter for the fourth time in his four seasons with the Sox. It was Ramirez's eighth career selection to the All-Star team.

The left fielder became just the third player in Red Sox history to be voted in four consecutive times, joining Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski (1967-72) and five-time batting champion Wade Boggs (1986-92).