Cubs, Red Sox Make Up Bulk Of MLB All-Star Roster

A record seven Chicago Cubs are joined by seven
Boston Red Sox players on the All-Star Game rosters announced
today.
The New York Yankees will be well represented, too, for the July
15th game at their own ballpark. Yankees third baseman Alex
Rodriguez was the top vote-getter. He's joined by shortstop Derek
Jeter and reliever Mariano Rivera.
Manny Ramirez leads four Red Sox starters including first
baseman Kevin Youkilis, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and DH David
Ortiz. Ortiz will miss the game because of a wrist injury and AL
manager Terry Francona says Milton Bradley of the Rangers will take
his place.
Tampa Bay has the best record in baseball but didn't have a
single player elected to start. Pitcher Scott Kazmir
and catcher Dioner Navarro were named to the squad.
Cubs Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukodome start in the NL outfield with Milwaukee's Ryan
Braun who beating out Ken Griffey Junior. Chicago's Geovany Soto is
the NL's starting catcher.
Cubs pitchers Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster and third baseman
Aramis Ramirez were chosen by NL players, and pitcher Carlos
Zambrano was picked by NL manager Clint Hurdle of Colorado.
Boston outfielder J.D. Drew, catcher Jason Varitek and closer
Jonathan Papelbon were picked by a vote of AL players.


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