Buchholz, 3 others named All-Stars

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PORTLAND – Touted Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Clay Buchholz heads for members of the Portland Sea Dogs selected to the Eastern League All-Star game.

Joining Buchholz on the Northern Division team are knuckleball pitcher Charlie Zink, shortstop Jed Lowrie and outfielder Jeff Corsaletti.

The All-Star game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, in Norwich, Conn.

The teams were selected through fan balloting along with selections from media personnel, club field personnel, and Eastern League administrators. Each Eastern League team has at least three players, including at least one pitcher and one position player.

Buchholz leads the league in ERA (1.69) and strikeouts (115). His 115 strikeouts are the most in all of Minor League Baseball. The Lumberton, Texas native has posted a 6-2 record in 15 starts. Buchholz will also participate in the MLB Futures All-Star Game in San Francisco next week.

Zink, 27, leads the Sea Dogs with eight wins, which ranks second in the Eastern League. In 11 starts he has posted an 8-2 record with a 2.59 ERA. Zink, who has spent parts of five seasons in Portland, was picked for his first All-Star game. On June 19, Zink tossed the first nine-inning complete game for the Sea Dogs since Jon Lester in 2005.

Lowrie, 23, leads Portland with a .295 batting average. Lowrie is tied for the Eastern League lead in walks (48), is second in triples (7), and is tied for fourth with 22 doubles. Lowrie batted .333 in May.

Corsaletti, 24, batting .285, leads the Dogs with 11 stolen bases and is fifth in the league in runs scored with 53.

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