A record seven Chicago Cubs are joined by seven Boston Red Sox players on the All-Star Game rosters announced today.
The New York Yankees will be well represented, too, for the July 15th game at their own ballpark. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was the top vote-getter. He's joined by shortstop Derek Jeter and reliever Mariano Rivera.
Manny Ramirez leads four Red Sox starters including first baseman Kevin Youkilis, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and DH David Ortiz. Ortiz will miss the game because of a wrist injury and AL manager Terry Francona says Milton Bradley of the Rangers will take his place.
Tampa Bay has the best record in baseball but didn't have a single player elected to start. Pitcher Scott Kazmir and catcher Dioner Navarro were named to the squad.
Cubs Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukodome start in the NL outfield with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun who beating out Ken Griffey Junior. Chicago's Geovany Soto is the NL's starting catcher.
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.
Boston outfielder J.D. Drew, catcher Jason Varitek and closer Jonathan Papelbon were picked by a vote of AL players.
Matt Holliday and Aaron Cook from the Rockies were added as well. Holliday and Cook will join manager Clint Hurdle, who will manage the NL team.