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    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/ne...s_mlb&c_id=mlbRosters unveiled for 82nd All-Star Game
    By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com | 07/03/11 12:36 PM ET
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    printe-mailThree full months are in the books, one week remains before the celebrated midway point and a record 32.5 million ballots are in.

    Now, it's time to unveil the All-Stars.

    In anticipation for the 82nd All-Star Game in Phoenix's Chase Field on July 12, Major League Baseball announced on Sunday 66 of the 68 players who will make up the National League and American League rosters via the MLB All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell.

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    Braun's 22-game hit streak
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    Fans selected 17 starters (including an AL DH), the players themselves chose 17 position players and 16 pitchers (10 starters plus six relievers), and the two managers -- in conjunction with MLB -- handpicked 10 pitchers and six reserves.



    Then, skippers Ron Washington (AL) and Bruce Bochy (NL), in conjunction with MLB, each identified five omitted players to make up the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint, which fans can vote on until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.

    Without further ado, here are the rosters ...

    Starting at first base for the AL is the Red Sox's new slugger, Adrian Gonzalez, who's an All-Star for the fourth consecutive year and a starter for the first time in his first season in Boston.

    Joining him at second base is Robinson Cano of the Yankees, who has followed up a career year last season with a solid first half in 2011, making him an All-Star starter for a second straight year.

    At shortstop will be Cano's up-the-middle partner, Derek Jeter, a 12-time All-Star who's making his seventh consecutive All-Star Game start despite a rough season that currently has him rehabbing a calf strain in the Minors.

    The AL's starting third baseman gives the Yankees three infielders in Washington's starting lineup. That would be Alex Rodriguez, who's now tied with Ivan Rodriguez for the active lead with 14 All-Star Game appearances thanks to a solid start to 2011.

    In a year that has seen superstar Joe Mauer miss significant time due to injury, the Tigers' Alex Avila became a first-time All-Star, edging out the Yankees' Russell Martin despite trailing throughout the voting process.

    After a phenomenal 2010 season that put him on the map, Jose Bautista took it to yet another level in this season's first half. Now, not only is he a first-time All-Star starter; he's the Major Leagues' all-time leader in votes.

    Thanks to a surging first half, Curtis Granderson becomes a first-time All-Star starter and gives the Yankees four representatives in the starting lineup.

    And then there's Josh Hamilton, the Rangers' slugger who spent time on the disabled list but was still able to (barely) edge out Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox to start for a fourth consecutive year.

    The designated hitter spot goes to a second member of the Red Sox, David Ortiz, who reversed the first-half struggles that have plagued him in recent years to become a seven-time All-Star and a five-time starter.

    With Albert Pujols on the DL because of a wrist injury, Prince Fielder of the Brewers -- now a three-time All-Star -- used a phenomenal first half to beat out Joey Votto of the Reds and start at first base for the NL.

    Fielder's teammate for the past 10 years, Rickie Weeks, will be making his first trip to the All-Star Game after edging out another Reds standout -- Brandon Phillips.

    The Mets' Jose Reyes looks like an early candidate for the NL Most Valuable Player Award. And now, thanks to a late surge in the voting, he sped past the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki to make his second All-Star Game start.

    The Phillies' Placido Polanco got the nod at the hot corner in a year that has seen both David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman miss significant time with injuries. At 35, Polanco will make his second All-Star Game start.

    The Braves' Brian McCann finally got his chance, using yet another solid first half to make his seventh consecutive All-Star team and first ever start behind the plate.

    Ryan Braun, who led the NL in votes, gives the Brewers three representatives in the starting lineup and is now an All-Star starter for the fourth consecutive year.

    The No. 2 outfielder is the Cardinals' Lance Berkman, who has emphatically bounced back from an injury-mired 2010 season and is now an All-Star for the sixth time.

    And the last starting NL outfield spot belongs to the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, whose own bounce-back year has him in the All-Star Game for the first time.

    Making up the pitchers and reserves for the AL All-Star team are: starters Josh Beckett (Red Sox), Gio Gonzalez (Athletics), Felix Hernandez (Mariners), David Price (Rays), James Shields (Rays), Justin Verlander (Tigers), Jered Weaver (Angels) and C.J. Wilson (Rangers); relievers Aaron Crow (Royals), Brandon League (Mariners), Chris Perez (Indians), Mariano Rivera (Yankees) and Jose Valverde (Tigers); catchers Martin and Matt Wieters (Orioles); infielders Adrian Beltre (Rangers), Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) and Howard Kendrick (Angels); outfielders Michael Cuddyer (Twins), Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), Matt Joyce (Rays) and Carlos Quentin (White Sox); and DH Michael Young (Rangers).

    On the bench and the pitching staff for the NL are: starters Matt Cain (Giants), Roy Halladay (Phillies), Cole Hamels (Phillies), Jair Jurrjens (Braves), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Cliff Lee (Phillies), Tim Lincecum (Giants) and Ryan Vogelsong (Giants); relievers Heath Bell (Padres), Tyler Clippard (Nationals), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates), Jonny Venters (Braves) and Brian Wilson (Giants); catcher Yadier Molina (Cardinals); infielders Starlin Castro (Cubs), Chipper Jones (Braves), Phillips, Gaby Sanchez (Marlins), Tulowitzki and Votto; outfielders Carlos Beltran (Mets), Jay Bruce (Reds), Matt Holliday (Cardinals), Hunter Pence (Astros) and Justin Upton (D-backs).

    Making up the Final Vote competition are Alex Gordon of the Royals, Adam Jones of the Orioles, Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Victor Martinez of the Tigers and Ben Zobrist of the Rays in the AL; and Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, Todd Helton of the Rockies, Ian Kennedy of the D-backs, Michael Morse of the Nationals and Shane Victorino of the Phillies in the NL.

    The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by MLB International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
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    I'm glad to see the outrage on Twitter right now nationally. Everyone in the world knows Andrew McCutchen should be on that team except for the people who chose it. He's actually trending nationally right now, above any of the guys who actually did make the team. Ridiculous oversight. 3rd in the majors in WAR at both Baseball Reference and Fangraphs right now.

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    Total joke.Derek Jeter starting for the A.L.
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    In your face. Cutch with a R.B.I. single. How could he not even be in the voting for the final spot?????
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    The team and AM need to take this as a rallying point. AM not only deserves a selection but his presence in the lineup could provide and NL win.

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    Default Re: Joel Hanrahan Pirates lone All-Star

    Not surprised. Not disappointed. Not outraged. The Pirates are still a national joke. Get over it. That will only change with time and success. As for this, or any, all-star roster, there are always miscarriages of justice. This year it is certainly Derek Jeter and maybe Ryan Vogelsong who is having a career year, but lucked out when his own manager was able to reward him as the fourth member of the Giants' staff to be selected. The Giants have a good staff, but four?! Vogelsong and Jeff Karstens should have been equal long odds to make this team. Maybe McCutchen belongs, but as someone already pointed out, he's going to have to hit a little more to overcome that name on the front of his jersey.

    Anyway, hang in there. Injuries and next Sunday's pitching match-ups could shuffle this deck and might yet send one more Bucco to Arizona.
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    In your face. Cutch with a R.B.I. single. How could he not even be in the voting for the final spot?????
    It's ridiculous. There's a definitely a homer attitude in this country for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers etc. Next year I won't make the mistake of voting based on offensive production... straight Pirates ticket, baby.
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/SweetSpot/po...all-star-snubs

    Even ESPN stuck up for Cutch. Thats when you KNOW somethings wrong!

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    McCutchen got hosed!!! He should be on the team. The fact that Beltran made it before him is an absolute crime if you ask me. He is way better than Beltran at this point and much more deserving!!!

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    I pay very little attention to the all-star games anyway. Fan voting is always geared toward the larger market teams because they vote for their own players and filling out the rosters is as much politically motivated anyway. The ONLY significance of the game itself is who gets home team in the WS. Big deal. That and some fun watching the HR Derby.

    I think the players know this too, so don't get all bent out of shape when someone from their team gets overlooked.

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    The real question should be, will a Pirate actually play in the all-star game. A pirate hasn't taken the field on game day for 2 straight years. Hanrahan deserves the shot to actually play.

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    Default Re: Joel Hanrahan Pirates lone All-Star

    What about Correia and his 11 wins?

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    What about Correia and his 11 wins?
    The fact the league bats about 270 against him doesn't scream all star. he's having a nice year though.

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    That's alright, we know what we got on the Pirates and the month of June should put MLB on notice that the Buccos ARE coming..........prepare to be Boarded!!!
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    Word on the street is Kevin Correia is actually going to make the team. Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch Sunday, so he'll have to be replaced. Since Hamels was a player selection they go to the players ballot and take the next guy, which was Correia.

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