Quartet of Dodgers named NL All-Stars

Kershaw is Esurance Final Vote candidate; voting ends Friday

Quartet of Dodgers named NL All-Stars

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal were added to the National League All-Star team on Monday, with Clayton Kershaw a finalist in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.

Greinke and Pederson were elected by the players, while Gonzalez and Grandal were added by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy, manager of the NL squad.

Rookie Pederson is an All-Star

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This is the fifth All-Star appearance for Gonzalez and could be the fifth for Kershaw, who has been on the squad the last four years. It is the third All-Star honor for Greinke and the first for Pederson and Grandal.

Pederson is the first Dodgers rookie All-Star since Hideo Nomo in 1995. The last Dodgers pitcher to start an All-Star Game was Brad Penny in 2006. Bochy's choice will probably come down to Greinke or Washington's Max Scherzer.

The Dodgers had four players on the All-Star team last year -- Kershaw, Greinke, Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon. The last time five Dodgers players were All-Stars was 1995 -- Raul Mondesi, Mike Piazza, Jose Offerman, Todd Worrell and Nomo.

Greinke a back-to-back All-Star

Greinke, setting aside the won-lost record, is having a season of dominance that is Kershaw-like. Only a lack of run support has kept Greinke from reeling off double-digit wins.

Although Greinke said his family enjoys the All-Star Game more than he does, he said he looks forward to mixing with the game's elite.

"The best part is getting to talk to the best players in the game and learn a little about them and what makes them good," he said. 

Gonzalez was on fire in April and May, as was the Dodgers' offense, and he continued to flash Gold Glove Award quality around first base.

Grandal, Pederson on first ASG

Pederson said his first All-Star nod was "extremely humbling" and "something I dreamed about as a kid." He said he told the Players Association he would be interested in competing in the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, that "probably the only reason I'm in the All-Star Game is because I have home runs."

He also said it was an honor to be selected by the players.

"It shows they respect the way I play the game," he said. "It's a big honor, that stuff doesn't go unnoticed. I appreciate everybody that voted for me."

Grandal said he'll be canceling a planned vacation in Las Vegas to participate in Cincinnati, the city of his original team. He said he's "humbled" by the selection after a slow start to the season spent trying to prove he was worth trading Matt Kemp to San Diego in order to acquire the backstop.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.