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League-high three Tampa Bay Rays named to Sporting News AL All-Star team

NEW YORK — Rays leftfielder Carl Crawford, third baseman Evan Longoria and closer Rafael Soriano were among 11 players named to the Sporting News American League All-Star team in a poll of general managers.

The Rays were the only team with three selections; the Rangers had two — outfielder Josh Hamilton, the former Rays prospect, and DH Vlad Guerrero.

In their first 12 seasons, the Rays had only two players selected, first baseman Carlos Peña in 2007 and Longoria in 2009.

MARTINEZ DISAPPOINTED: Rays bench coach Dave Martinez said it was "a real good experience" to be interviewed for the Blue Jays' manager's job and a letdown to be told Tuesday he was out of the running.

"It's a little bit disappointing," he said. "I told them, we'll see you on the field battling."

Martinez, 46, may also be a candidate for openings in Florida, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. He "absolutely" would like the opportunity to manage — "It's the next step for me," he said — but also is happy to stay with the Rays.

Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale are the reported finalists for the Toronto job.

GUILTY PLEA: Minor-league pitcher Andrew Bellatti pleaded guilty to a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter stemming from a January fatal car crash near San Diego and, pending his Nov. 10 sentencing, could spend up to one year in jail. Bellatti, 19, was 2-5, 4.04 with rookie league Princeton.

Around the majors

A'S: Joel Skinner was named bench coach and Gerald Perry hitting coach as part of an overhaul of the coaching staff.

BRAVES: Right-hander Jair Jurrjens is expected to be ready for spring training after surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee.

BREWERS: Former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin confirmed that he interviewed for Milwaukee's opening, ESPN.com reported.

CUBS: General manager Jim Hendry told the Chicago Tribune that Ryne Sandberg, passed over for the manager's job, is welcome to return to managing Triple-A Iowa.

METS: Dana Brown, a special assistant to Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, interviewed for the GM job. Former A's GM Sandy Alderson is scheduled to complete his interview today.

PADRES: First baseman Adrian Gonzalez had right shoulder surgery to "clean up" his labrum, general manager Jed Hoyer said.

TIGERS: Eddie Bane, a former Angels scouting director who was fired last month, will join the pro scouting department, ESPN.com reported.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

League-high three Tampa Bay Rays named to Sporting News AL All-Star team 10/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:36am]
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