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Two tabbed as All-Star injury replacements

| Saturday, July 8, 2006

Houston pitcher Roy Oswalt and Detroit outfielder Magglio Ordonez were added to the All-Star rosters Friday, taking the place of injured Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez.

Ordonez will join Detroit teammates Ivan Rodriguez and Kenny Rogers at Tuesday night's game at PNC Park. The surprising Tigers have the best record in the majors.

Ramirez, picked in fan voting to start in the AL outfield, has a sore right knee. Minus the Boston slugger, AL manager Ozzie Guillen said he hasn't decided on how he will revamp his lineup.

Guillen and Ramirez shook hands and embraced before the Red Sox played at Chicago on Friday night. Ramirez was in Boston's lineup.

"I respect that he's hurt," Guillen said. "I appreciate Manny told me with enough time to let somebody know because Magglio was playing on the West Coast and we had to let him know right away."

Boston manager Terry Francona backed Ramirez.

"I understand what Manny means to this game, at least I hope I do, but at the same time we're trying to win so bad and I felt strongly enough to try to step in," he said.

"The only thing he may do, and this isn't for sure yet, is see a guy in Miami. In honesty, he's played a lot. I watched him in Tampa the other night and he was kind of ... you can tell it hurt, that's the best way to put it."

Ordonez, on the All-Star team for the fifth time, is batting .307 with 15 home runs and 59 RBI. Ramirez was hitting .310 with 24 homers and 65 RBI.

"Throughout most of the 2006 season, I have been playing with nagging soreness in my right knee," Ramirez said in a statement. "After much consultation and discussion with my team, we have decided that it is necessary for me to rest my knee over the three-day All-Star break."

Oswalt will make his second consecutive All-Star appearance and joins Lance Berkman as the only Astros on the NL squad. Oswalt pitched one inning in last year's game in Detroit.

Martinez missed his start Monday because of a sore right hip and the New York Mets placed him on the 15-day disabled list.

Houston's Phil Garner, the NL manager, asked Oswalt to join the team after learning of Martinez's injury Thursday.

Oswalt (6-5) ranks sixth in the NL with a 3.10 ERA. He's thrown complete games in his last two starts and lost both, the first Astros pitcher to pull off the dubious double since J.R. Richard did it in 1979.

Oswalt is the only pitcher who's won 20 games the last two seasons and his 46 victories since the beginning of 2004 leads both leagues. He was the MVP of the 2005 NLCS and is 4-0 in the postseason, the most playoff wins without a loss among active pitchers.

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Rosters for the 2006 All-Star Game, to be played July 11 at PNC Park (x-injured, will not play; y-injury replacement; z-will not attend; zy-replacement):

National League

Starters

Catcher--Paul Lo Duca, New York Mets

First Base--Albert Pujols, St. Louis

Second Base--Chase Utley, Philadelphia

Third Base--David Wright, New York Mets

Shortstop--Jose Reyes, New York Mets

Outfield-- Jason Bay, Pirates ; Carlos Beltran, New York Mets; Alfonso Soriano, Washington.

Reserves

Catcher--Brian McCann, Atlanta

Infielders--Lance Berkman, Houston; Miguel Cabrera, Florida; Ryan Howard, Philadelphia; Edgar Renteria, Atlanta; Scott Rolen, St. Louis; Freddy Sanchez, Pirates ; Dan Uggla, Florida.

Outfielders--Matt Holliday, Colorado; Andruw Jones, Atlanta; Carlos Lee, Milwaukee.

Pitchers

Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati; Chris Carpenter, St. Louis; Brian Fuentes, Colorado; Tom Glavine, New York Mets; Tom Gordon, Philadelphia; Trevor Hoffman, San Diego; x-Pedro Martinez, New York Mets; y-Roy Oswalt, Houston; Brad Penny, L.A. Dodgers; Jason Schmidt, San Francisco; Derrick Turnbow, Milwaukee; Brandon Webb, Arizona; Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs.

American League

Starters

Catcher--Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit

First Base--David Ortiz, Boston

Second Base--Mark Loretta, Boston

Third Base--Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

Shortstop--Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Outfield--Vladimir Guerrero, L.A. Angels; z-Manny Ramirez, Boston; Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle.

Reserves

Catcher--Joe Mauer, Minnesota

Infielders--x-Robinson Cano, New York Yankees; Troy Glaus, Toronto; Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox; y-Jose Lopez, Seattle; Miguel Tejada, Baltimore; Jim Thome, Chicago White Sox; Michael Young, Texas.

Outfielders--Jermaine Dye, Chicago White Sox; y-Gary Matthews Jr., zy-Magglio Ordonez, Detroit; Texas; x-Alex Rios, Toronto; Grady Sizemore, Cleveland; Vernon Wells, Toronto.

Pitchers

Mark Buerhle, Chicago White Sox; Jose Contreras, Chicago White Sox; Roy Halladay, Toronto; Bobby Jenks, Chicago White Sox; Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay; Jonathan Papelbon, Boston; Mark Redman, Kansas City; Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees; Kenny Rogers, Detroit; B.J. Ryan, Toronto; Johan Santana, Minnesota; Barry Zito, Oakland.

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