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Jose Fernandez says he'll groove fastballs to David Ortiz in All-Star Game

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Fernandez intends to groove some fastballs for Big Papi (0:52)

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez expands upon his plan to groove some fastballs to Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz in the All-Star Game. (0:52)

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez wants to give David Ortiz a parting gift as the Boston Red Sox slugger prepared for his final All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

"I would love to face David," Fernandez told ESPN's Marly Rivera on Monday. "It would be a dream come true for me.

"I told him yesterday that I am going to throw him three fastballs down the middle. I want to watch him hit a home run."

It didn't happen. Facing Ortiz in the third inning, Fernandez walked him on a full count.

Ortiz is making his 10th appearance in the All-Star Game, and he was selected to the starting lineup for the seventh time -- and first since 2013. At age 40, he currently leads baseball in slugging percentage, OPS and extra-base hits.

When asked if he'd be bringing his usual 98 mph heat, Fernandez said he'd take a little off his pitches to achieve the goal.

"No -- 90 miles per hour," Fernandez said. "So there is no chance that he fouls them or misses them."

The winning side in the game secures home-field advantage in the World Series.

ESPN Staff Writer Marly Rivera contributed to this report.