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Varitek, Jenkins win voting for final All-Star spots

July 10, 2003

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— Boston catcher Jason Varitek and Milwaukee outfielder Geoff Jenkins won the Internet balloting for the final spots on the All-Star teams.

Varitek received 3,210,509 votes to beat out Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox, Eric Byrnes of the Oakland Athletics, Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees and Bengie Molina of the Anaheim Angels for the 32nd spot on the AL team.

"It's a great honor. I hope I can represent my teammates well," Varitek said. "It's a huge compliment. I want to thank the fans in Boston. They are the ones that made the difference. It's just a great honor for anybody to have."

Varitek, batting .296 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs going into Wednesday, will be making his first All-Star appearance in next Tuesday's game in Chicago.

"I'm sure anybody would like to have the opportunity," Varitek said. "It's a nice milestone for me and my career and I'm sure my family and friends will cherish it."

Giambi ended up making the team anyway. He was picked Wednesday by AL manager Mike Scioscia as a replacement for the injured Mike Sweeney.

Jenkins received 2,872,200 votes to win the final spot on the NL team, beating out Benito Santiago of the San Francisco Giants, Kenny Lofton of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Orlando Cabrera of the Montreal Expos and Luis Castillo of the Florida Marlins.

"I'm probably the happiest man on the planet right now," Jenkins said.

Jenkins, who will also be making his first All-Star appearance, entered Wednesday batting .285 with 20 homers and 68 RBIs.

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