New York — Maybe Manny Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and the rest of the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs should just play their own All-Star game.
A charmed season for the Cubs got even better Sunday when they put a team-record seven players on the NL roster. The World Series champion Red Sox also will send seven to Yankee Stadium on July 15.
"They love me everywhere, what can I tell you?" Ramirez said. "That's why I'm here. I guess I'm not stealing money."
Said New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez: "It's going to be weird having them in our locker room."
The Tampa Bay Rays, with the best record in the majors, did not have a single player elected to start. Pitcher Scott Kazmir and catcher Dioner Navarro were added to the AL squad.
Kansas City closer Joakim Soria also was chosen for the squad, and outfielder Jose Guillen is a candidate for the final fan selection. "This is the best thing in my life, next to getting married," Soria said.
2008 All-Star Rosters
Catcher - Joe Mauer, Minnesota
First Base - Kevin Youkilis, Boston
Second Base - Dustin Pedroia, Boston
Shortstop - Derek Jeter, New York
Third Base - Alex Rodriguez, New York
Outfield - Josh Hamilton, Texas; Manny Ramirez, Boston; Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle
Designated Hitter - x-David Ortiz, Boston; y-Milton Bradley, Texas
Catchers - Dioner Navarro, Tampa Bay; Jason Varitek, Boston
Infield - Joe Crede, Chicago; Carlos Guillen, Detroit; Ian Kinsler, Texas; Justin Morneau, Minnesota; Michael Young, Texas
Outfield - J.D. Drew, Boston; Carlos Quentin, Chicago; Grady Sizemore, Cleveland
Starters - Justin Duchscherer, Oakland; Roy Halladay, Toronto; Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay; Cliff Lee, Cleveland; Ervin Santana, Los Angeles; Joe Saunders, Los Angeles
Relievers - Joe Nathan, Minnesota; Jonathan Papelbon, Boston; Mariano Rivera, New York; Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles; George Sherrill Baltimore; Joakim Soria, Kansas City
x-voted starter; injured, will not play
y-selected replacement starter
Catcher - Geovany Soto, Chicago
First Base - Lance Berkman, Houston
Second Base - Chase Utley, Philadelphia
Shortstop - Hanley Ramirez, Florida
Third Base - Chipper Jones, Atlanta
Outfield - Ryan Braun, Milwaukee; Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago; Alfonso Soriano, Chicago
Catchers - Russell Martin, Los Angeles; Brian McCann, Atlanta
Infield - Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego; Cristian Guzman, Washington; Albert Pujols, St. Louis; Aramis Ramirez, Chicago; Miguel Tejada, Houston; Dan Uggla, Florida
Outfield - Matt Holliday, Colorado; Ryan Ludwick, St. Louis; Nate McLouth, Pittsburgh
Starters - Aaron Cook, Colorado; Ryan Dempster, Chicago; Dan Haren, Arizona; Tim Lincecum, San Francisco; Ben Sheets, Milwaukee; Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati; Brandon Webb, Arizona; Brian Wilson, San Francisco; Carlos Zambrano, Chicago
Relievers - Brad Lidge, Philadelphia; Billy Wagner, New York; Kerry Wood, Chicago