SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite their recent struggles, the Giants will have three representatives at the All-Star game July 16 at New York's Citi Field, and two of them can probably thank their lucky stars that Bruce Bochy is managing the National League team.

While catcher Buster Posey made the game for the second straight year based on a player ballot election, left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner and second baseman Marco Scutaro were two of Bochy's nine personal roster choices.

Bochy knows he might take some flak over players passed over at the expense of his own, but he acknowledged that adding deserving players from his own team comes with winning the World Series and earning the All-Star managerial bid.

San Francisco Giants’ starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at AT&T Park in San
San Francisco Giants' starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, May 6, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

Regarding Bumgarner, who improved to 9-5 Saturday and lowered his ERA to 3.05, Bochy said: "I wasn't going to New York without him. I may take a hit on it, but I shouldn't because he's earned this. He was one guy who was definitely going from this club."

Bumgarner said Bochy told him Friday he would be an All-Star but couldn't tell anybody but his wife. Not even his teammates knew until the official announcement.

As for Scutaro, he became an All-Star for the first time in his 11th full season. Scutaro, 37, is hitting .311 with two home runs and 19 RBIs. He was very appreciative Bochy picked him.

"I spent 10 years in the big leagues and have never been there," Scutaro said. "I'm kind of at the end of my career, and to be able to live that experience, it's special."


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Said Bochy: "To tell him he was on the team, it was pretty nice. This is one thing he hasn't had in his career."

Posey, 26, will be a reserve behind the St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, who won the fan balloting at catcher by a little more than 400,000 votes. Posey is hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs. Posey was voted in as the starter in 2012 ahead of Molina.

"Going to it last year, I got to see how unique and special an event it is," said Posey. "I'm looking forward to it."

Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was selected as one of five candidates for the final N.L. spot, determined by online voting through Thursday. Pence, though, will be in tough against Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig.