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Cubs, Red Sox dominate All-Star selections

July 7, 2008

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— 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

American League

Starters

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

Reserves

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

Pitchers

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

National League

Starters

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

Reserves

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

Pitchers

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

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