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NEW YORK —Canadian slugger Justin Morneau is the American Leagues starting
first baseman and hell be joined in the all-star game by three members of the
Toronto Blue Jays. Demaryius Thomas Youth Jersey . The Minnesota
Twins star from New Westminster, B.C., won a tight fan vote over Miguel Cabrera
of the Tigers and Mark Teixeira of the Yankees, earning his first starting nod
in four selections to the July 13 Midsummer Classic in Anaheim, Calif. No other
Canadians were named to the rosters announced Sunday—Cincinnati Reds first
baseman Joey Votto of Toronto is one of five National League nominees in the fan
vote for the final roster spot—but outfielders Vernon Wells and Jose Bautista
plus catcher John Buck will represent the Blue Jays. Wells will be making his
third trip to the all-star game while Bautista and Buck were both chosen for the
first time. AL MVP catcher Joe Mauer was the fans top choice while first baseman
Albert Pujols earned the most votes in the NL. In the closest voting, the Mets
David Wright overtook the Phillies Placido Polanco in the final week to win the
NL starting third baseman spot. Stephen Strasburgs 100 m.p.h. fastball wont be
suiting up for the Senior Circuit. He has captivated fans around baseball since
the Washington Nationals called the right-hander up June 8, but NL manager
Charlie Manuel would like to see 21-year-old settle into his role as an ace
before making the all-star team. “I looked there and I felt like, in my opinion,
and Im not his manager, but at the same time hes a young kid,” Manuel said. “I
say let him pitch and let him get his feet on the ground in the major leagues
and kind of let him earn his way.” Strasburg watched the selection show on a
clubhouse TV, but was called away by Nationals management after the first couple
of pitchers were selected. “I thought he had a pretty good shot,” Nationals
closer and all-star pick Matt Capps said. “Hes one of the top pitchers in
baseball right now.” Former Blue Jay ace Roy Halladay and Ubaldo Jimenez
headline a strong NL pitching staff. Halladay pitched a perfect game in his
first season with the Phillies, and Jimenez had one of the four no-hitters this
year and is off to a remarkable 14-1 start with a 2.27 ERA for the Colorado
Rockies. Halladays teammate Chase Utley was voted as the starting second baseman
for the NL, but he is out with an injured right thumb. He will be replaced in
the lineup by Atlantas Martin Prado. The other NL starters are: Cardinals
catcher Yadier Molina; Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez; and Milwaukees
Ryan Braun, Los Angeles Andre Ethier and Atlantas Jayson Heyward in the
outfield. In the American League, other starters are: Yankees second baseman
Robinson Cano and shortstop Derek Jeter; Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria;
Texas designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero; and Texas Josh Hamilton, Seattles
Ichiro Suzuki and Tampa Bays Carl Crawford in the outfield. The World Series
champion Yankees and Boston Red Sox have a leading six all-stars each, but
Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia and catcher Victor Martinez are out with
injuries. Yankees manager Joe Girardi made several difficult decisions in
finalizing the AL squad. He left off Andy Pettitte and took teammate
CC Sabathia, both 10-game winners, and selected slugger Alex Rodriguez, who only
has 12 homers but 61 RBIs. Among the other players having strong seasons who got
left off are Kansas Citys David DeJesus (.325) and Billy Butler (.320), Mets
pitcher Mike Pelfrey (10-2) and San Diego pitcher Mat Latos (9-2). All-star
rosters were increased by one player to 34 this year, but there are always
complaints about whos absent. Blame that on all the factors that go into picking
the squad—every team must be represented, managers must deal with their own
players, the need to have enough players at each position, nagging injuries and
more. The Braves and Cardinals each had five all-stars to lead the NL. Atlantas
20-year-old rookie Heyward made the squad, but might not be able to play because
of an injury. The host Los Angeles Angels have one all-star, centre-fielder
Torii Hunter. Ken Griffey Jr., who retired in Seattle last month, received more
than one million votes. The 13-time all-star drew over 50 million votes during
his 22-year career. Fans will decide the one remaining roster spot in an
Internet runoff between five players for each league. Votto is up against San
Diegos Heath Bell, Colorados Carlos Gonzalez, Atlantas Billy Wagner and
Washingtons Ryan Zimmerman in the NL. The AL candidates: Chicagos Paul Konerko,
New Yorks Nick Swisher, Minnesotas Delmon Young, Texas Michael Young and Bostons
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Los Angeles Angels probably figured their winning streak would be the least of
their losses Monday night.SAN FRANCISCO —The Chicago Cubs claimed right-handed
reliever Jairo Asencio off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Friday in hopes
of bolstering a bullpen that has struggled this season. Asencio, who led the
International League with 26 saves in 2011, began spring training with the
Atlanta Braves before being traded to Cleveland on March 29 for a cash
consideration. He went 1-1 with a 5.96 ERA over 25 2-3 innings for the Indians
and was designated for assignment on Monday. Peyton Manning Youth Jersey. Chicagos
relievers have had a tough time this season, having already blown eight of 15
save opportunities. Overall the bullpen has a 4.28 ERA after allowing 34 earned
runs over the last 19 innings prior to Fridays game in San Francisco. To make
room, the Cubs designated right-hander Michael Bowden for assignment. ’ ’ ’ 

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