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Red Sox's Wakefield earns first All-Star nod

| Monday, July 6, 2009

NEW YORK — Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield was named to his first All-Star team, coming in his 17th season, Sunday when the rosters for the teams were announced.

The ex-Pirate is one of a major league-high six Red Sox headed to Busch Stadium for the July 14 game, MLB's 80th. He is tied for the most wins in baseball, with 10.

Wakefield got a standing ovation when Boston's All-Stars were announced at Fenway Park, and acknowledged the cheering crowd with a wave.

"I have a lot of emotions running through right now," he said after Boston's 8-4 victory over Seattle. "It's a pretty proud moment for me and my family."

Teammate Dustin Pedroia, the reigning AL MVP, passed Texas' Ian Kinsler in a close vote at second base and left fielder Jason Bay, another former Pirate, also won a spot in the lineup.

While Pedroia rallied to get the start, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis was caught by Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira in the final voting. Youkilis made the team, anyway, along with Boston ace Josh Beckett and closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Albert Pujols was the leading vote-getter in balloting. The NL MVP is well on his way to another amazing year, leading the majors with 31 homers and 82 RBIs. He collected 5,397,374 votes to finish with the second-highest total in major league history, trailing only Ken Griffey Jr.'s six million votes in 1994.

"I think that's just a recognition around the country that he's had a phenomenal first half on top of a phenomenal career," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "I'm sure our fans supported him, but he's been incredible and it's well-deserved."

Once again, the league that wins the All-Star game will get home-field advantage in the World Series.

As usual, there were a few snubs to go along with a couple of missing players used to playing in baseball's showcase game.

Houston first baseman Lance Berkman, Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo and Washington slugger Adam Dunn were left off the NL squad. Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Texas righty Kevin Millwood and Angels starter Jered Weaver failed to make it in the AL.

There is still one spot to be determined on each 33-man roster, which was increased by one from last year.

The AL candidates for the last spot in Internet voting: Kinsler, Toronto designated hitter Adam Lind, third basemen Chone Figgins of the Angels and Brandon Inge of Detroit, and Rays first baseman Carlos Pena.

The NL candidates: Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds, outfielders Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Shane Victorino of the Phillies, Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval and Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman.

All-Star rosters



Pos. — Name/Team

C — Yadier Molina/St. Louis

1B — Albert Pujols/St. Louis

2B — Chase Utley/Philadelphia

3B — David Wright/N.Y. Mets

SS — Hanley Ramirez/Florida

OF — Carlos Beltran/N.Y. Mets

OF — Ryan Braun/Milwaukee

OF — Raul Ibañez/Philadelphia


1B — Prince Fielder/Milwaukee

1B — Ryan Howard/Philadlephia

2B — Freddy Sanchez/Pirates

P — Francisco Cordero/Cincinnati

P — Ryan Franklin/St. Louis

P — Dan Haren/Arizona

P — Ted Lilly/Chicago Cubs

P — Jason Marquis/Colorado


1B — Adrian Gonzalez/San Diego

2B — Orlando Hudson/L.A. Dodgers

SS — Miguel Tejada/Houston

3B — Ryan Zimmerman/Washington

OF — Brad Hawpe/Colorado

OF — Hunter Pence/Houston

OF — Justin Upton/Arizona


3B — Mark Reynolds/Arizona

3B — Pablo Sandoval/San Francisco

SS — Cristian Guzman/Washington

OF — Matt Kemp/L.A. Dodgers

OF — Shane Victorino/Philadelphia



Pos. — Name/Team

C — Joe Mauer/Minnesota

1B — Mark Teixeira/N.Y. Yankees

2B — Dustin Pedroia/Boston

SS — Derek Jeter/N.Y. Yankees

3B — Evan Longoria/Tampa Bay

OF — Jason Bay/Boston

OF — Josh Hamilton/Texas

OF — Ichiro Suzuki/Seattle


1B — Kevin Youkilis/Boston

IF/OF — Ben Zobrist/Tampa Bay

OF — Adam Jones/Baltimore

P — Andrew Bailey/Oakland

P — Mark Buerhle/Chicago White Sox

P — Brian Fuentes/L.A. Angels

P — Felix Hernandez/Seattle

P — Tim Wakefield/Boston


C — Victor Martinez/Cleveland

1B — Justin Morneau/Minnesota

2B — Aaron Hill/Toronto

3B — Michael Young/Texas

SS — Jason Bartlett/Tampa Bay

OF — Carl Crawford/Tampa Bay

OF — Curtis Granderson/Detroit

OF — Torii Hunter/L.A. Angels

P — Josh Beckett/Boston

P — Zack Greinke/Kansas City

P — Roy Halladay/Toronto

P — Edwin Jackson/Detroit

P — Joe Nathan/Minnesota

P — Jonathan Papelbon/Boston

P Mariano Rivera/N.Y. Yankees

P — Justin Verlander/Detroit


1B — Carlos Peña/Tampa Bay

2B — Ian Kinsler/Texas

3B — Chone Figgins/L.A. Angels

3B — Brandon Inge/Detroit

OF — Adam Lind/Toronto

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