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MLB All-Star Notes

>>Four Cards Land On ASG Roster

(New York, NY)  --  Four Cardinals made the National League All-Star roster including two starters.  Rafael Furcal will make his third appearance in the All-Star Game and start at shortstop while Carlos Beltran makes his seventh appearance in the outfield.  Catcher Yadier Molina made the team for the fourth time as a reserve while pitcher Lance Lynn will be at his first All-Star Game.  The NL will face the American League on July 10th from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

>>Two Cubs Make All-Star Game

(Chicago, IL)  --  Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and outfielder Bryan LaHair were both named to the National League All-Star team.  Both players were reserved with Castro making it for a second straight season, while LaHair is making his first appearance.  The All Star Game is July 10th in Kansas City.

>>Three White Sox Make All-Star Team

(Chicago, IL)  --  Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and Chris Sale were named to the American League All-Star team.  Neither of the position players are starters and it is not yet known if Sale will be given the nod as the starting pitcher.  Jake Peavy could still make the team for the final spot fan vote.  A.J. Pierzynski was also left off the roster.

>>Lineup Announced For All-Star Game Final Vote

(New York, NY)  --  Fans will once again have the ability to select one more player to the All-Star Game for each team in the Final Vote.  The American League players on the ballot are all pitchers, Jonathan Broxton of  the Royals, Yu Darvish of the Rangers, Ernesto Frieri of the Angels, Jason Hammel of Orioles and Jake Peavy of the White Sox.  National League contenders are St. Louis third baseman David Freese, Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill, Washington rookie Bryce Harper, Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourn and retiring Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.  The Final Vote results will be announced on Thursday.

>>Kemp Makes NL Derby Selections

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp selected the National League participants for the Home Run Derby on Sunday evening.  The NL Derby captain selected Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals and Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies.  Kemp is expected to participate in the event at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City despite being on the disabled list with an injured hamstring.  American League captain and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to announce his selections on Monday.  The Derby will be held July 9th.

>>Baker Takes Issue With La Russa's ASG Picks

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The four All-Star Game selections the Cardinals received did not please everyone.  Reds manager Dusty Baker told the "Cincinnati Enquirer" that his second baseman Brandon Phillips and starter Johnny Cueto were snubbed from the team.  He took issue with the two being left off the team and indicated that it was former Cards manager Tony La Russa's fault.  La Russa will manage the National League squad after leading St. Louis to the World Series title last season.  Baker added that it may have something to do with a skirmish between the two teams in 2010.

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