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Just one Cardinal (Albert) will play in All-Star Game

Pujols lost out on a starting job to the Brewers' Prince Fielder.


St. Louis, MO – The manager of the National League in next week's All-Star game will be Cardinals' skipper Tony LaRussa, but the only familiar face in the dugout will be first baseman Albert Pujols.

Fans who voted for the starting line-up didn't pick any Cardinal; Pujols was added by LaRussa as a reserve. That comes a year after the Cardinals first baseman gained more fan votes than any player in the big leagues.

Pujols joins a roster that's being overshadowed by Barry Bonds. The Giants' outfielder got a rush of votes in the end to beat out the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano for a starting spot.

The National League outfield will also include the Mets' Carlos Beltran and Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Junior. Griffey was the NL's leading vote-getter.

The other NL starters are Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and his teammate David Wright at third base.

The Detroit Tigers placed three starters in the AL lineup: catcher Ivan Rodriguez, second baseman Placido Polanco and outfielder Magglio Ordonez. Tigers' manager Jim Leyland will also be the AL skipper, as a result of his team's pennant championship last year.

The rest of the AL starting squad includes Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and teammate Derek Jeter at shortstop along with the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki in the outfield.

The All-Star game will be held July 10 in San Francisco.


Catcher-Russell Martin, L.A. Dodgers
First Base-Prince Fielder, Milwaukee
Second Base-Chase Utley, Philadelphia
Third Base-David Wright, New York Mets
Shortstop-Jose Reyes, New York Mets
Outfield-Carlos Beltran, New York Mets; Barry Bonds, San Francisco; Ken Griffey Jr., Cincinnati.

Catcher-Brian McCann, Atlanta
Infielders-Miguel Cabrera, Florida; J.J. Hardy, Milwaukee; Orlando Hudson, Arizona; Derrek Lee, Chicago Cubs; Albert Pujols, St. Louis; Freddy Sanchez, Pittsburgh; Dmitri Young, Washington.
Outfielders-Matt Holliday, Colorado; Carlos Lee, Houston; Aaron Rowand, Philadelphia; Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs.

Francisco Cordero, Milwaukee; Brian Fuentes, Colorado; Cole Hamels, Philadelphia; Trevor Hoffman, San Diego; Jake Peavy, San Diego; Brad Penny, L.A. Dodgers; Takashi Saito, L.A. Dodgers; Ben Sheets, Milwaukee; John Smoltz, Atlanta; Jose Valverde, Arizona; Billy Wagner, New York Mets.


Catcher-Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit
First Base-David Ortiz, Boston
Second Base-Placido Polanco, Detroit
Third Base-Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Shortstop-Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Outfield-Vladimir Guerrero, L.A. Angels; Magglio Ordonez, Detroit; Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle.

Catcher-Victor Martinez, Cleveland; Jorge Posada, New York Yankees
Infielders-Carlos Guillen, Detroit; Mike Lowell, Boston; Justin Morneau, Minnesota; Brian Roberts, Baltimore; Michael Young, Texas.
Outfielders-Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay; Torii Hunter, Minnesota; Manny Ramirez, Boston; Alex Rios, Toronto; Grady Sizemore, Cleveland.

Josh Beckett, Boston; Dan Haren, Oakland; Bobby Jenks, Chicago White Sox; John Lackey, L.A. Angels; Gil Meche, Kansas City; Jonathan Papelbon, Boston; J.J. Putz, Seattle; Francisco Rodriguez, L.A. Angels; C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland; Johan Santana, Minnesota; Justin Verlander, Detroit.


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