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Uehara, 4 RHPs in final All-Star fan vote

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When it comes to the Final Vote, the Boston Red Sox seem to be a popular choice.

Three times in the 11 years since Major League Baseball has been allowing fans to pick the final player for the competing All-Star teams, a Red Sox player has come out on top.

Boston is hoping for No. 4 after it was announced Saturday that right-handed reliever Koji Uehara was among the five AL players on the ballot for the Final Vote. Uehara put himself in contention for the July 16 game at Citi Field in New York by posting a 2-0 record with a 1.95 ERA this season, limiting left-handed hitters to a .114 average along the way.

Uehara will be up against fellow hurlers Joaquin Benoit of the Detroit Tigers, Steve Delabar of the Toronto Blue Jays, David Robertson of the New York Yankees and Tanner Scheppers of the Texas Rangers.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he hopes Uehara will generate the kind of support fellow Japanese countryman Hideki Okajima did in 2007, when Okajima won the fan vote to make his only All-Star team.

"[Okajima] probably had an entire country backing him on the vote, so hopefully it takes place again for Koji," Farrell said.

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was voted on to the AL team as the starting designated hitter, said he's bringing Uehara along whether the pitcher makes the team or not. Ortiz said he might need to warn others about the powerful high five Uehara delivers after a successful inning.

"Oh man, he might get into a fight because he might slap somebody in the face," Ortiz said with a laugh. "He'll come in swinging all over the place. He got me once."

Meanwhile, in the National League Final Vote, Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig faces off against Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence.

Voting on MLB.com ends at 4 p.m. ET Thursday.