Robertson vying for final spot on AL’s All-Star roster


David Robertson has held opposing batters to a .183 average. (Photo by AP file photo)


David Robertson, a standout baseball player at the University of Alabama who also starred at Paul W. Bryant and Central high schools, is one of five players competing for the final spot on the American League roster in Major League Baseball’s 2013 All-Star Game.

Voting by fans will determine the last roster spot in each league. Robertson, a relief pitcher with the New York Yankees, is competing with Detroit’s Joaquin Benoit, Toronto’s Steve Delabar, Tanner Scheppers of the Texas Rangers and Koji Uehara of the Boston Red Sox.

Robertson has a 4-1 record with a 2.23 earned-run average in 39 appearances, throwing 3613 innings this season. He has held opposing batters to a .183 average and has 46 strikeouts while yielding 12 walks.

Competing for the final fan-voted spot for the National League are Washington’s Ian Desmond, Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco’s Hunter Pence.

Online voting ends at 3 p.m. Thursday. To vote, go to www.mlb.com.>