“I mean, just surprised because I never thought that I’d be selected,” said Japan’s Tanaka, who is 5-5 with a 3.86 ERA in 18 starts.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the 30-year-old Tanaka has battled his way into the mid-summer classic.
“He’s been searching for stuff throughout the year and yet, he’s gone out and delivered,” said Boone.
“There’s no surprise that the other four are going,” Tanaka said. “It’s well-deserved that they’re going.”
Because of an elbow injury, Tanaka missed the all-star game in 2014 — his only other selection.
The all-star game will be held Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio.