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Griffey gets bumped in All-Star voting

NEW YORK — Ken Griffey Jr. won't be there, but Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez and Cubs leadoff man Alfonso Soriano will see lots of familiar faces at the All-Star Game.

A record seven Chicago Cubs were joined by seven Boston stars when rosters were announced Sunday for the July 15 event at Yankee Stadium.

The New York Yankees will be well represented, too, for the game at their ballpark: Top vote-getter Alex Rodriguez, captain Derek Jeter and reliever Mariano Rivera were picked.

Tampa Bay, 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.

There was only one change in the final week of fan voting for starters — Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun overtook Griffey in the NL outfield. Griffey finished fourth and was left off the team.

Griffey was second in the NL balloting released Monday, leading Braun by about 167,000 votes. But Braun wound up winning among NL outfielders while Griffey finished 87,000 behind Chicago's Kosuke Fukudome.

Outfielders Kosuke Fukudome and Soriano and rookie catcher Geovany Soto were chosen to start for the Cubs, who own the best record in the league. Soriano has been out with a broken left hand, but he might return in time to play.

Cubs pitchers Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster and third baseman Aramis Ramirez were chosen by NL players, and pitcher Carlos Zambrano was picked by NL Manager Clint Hurdle of Colorado.

Ramirez, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis were elected by fans. Ortiz has an injured wrist, and AL Manager Terry Francona of Boston said Texas' Milton Bradley would take over as the designated hitter. Boston outfielder J.D. Drew, catcher Jason Varitek and closer Jonathan Papelbon were picked by a vote of AL players.

Rodriguez got the most votes overall with 3,934,518. Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley led the NL with 3,889,602.

”The beauty of it, the fans got to vote eight, the players got to vote 16 ... . The challenges you have from this seat is you have to make sure there's a representative from each team,“ Hurdle said.

An Internet vote will be held this week to select the final player on each team.

The AL candidates for the last spot: outfielders Jermaine Dye and Jose Guillen, first baseman Jason Giambi, second baseman Brian Roberts and third baseman Evan Longoria. NL: outfielders Pat Burrell, Corey Hart, Carlos Lee and Aaron Roward and third baseman David Wright.

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