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Brewers get noticed, put three on NL All-Star team

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Roy Halladay led the usual slew of Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies picked for the All-Star Game. Joining this year: a Brew Crew.

LF Ryan Braun, 1B Prince Fielder and 2B Rickie Weeks made up a Milwaukee trio elected by fans to start July 12 in Phoenix. That is the club's largest representation ever.

"It means the Milwaukee Brewers have arrived on the national scene," Braun, the top NL vote-getter, said Sunday.

Fielder and Weeks were among several players who overcame voting deficits in the final week. Mets SS Jose Reyes, Dodgers CF Matt Kemp and Tigers C Alex Avila also rallied late.

Blue Jays RF/3B Jose Bautista, the reigning home run champion, drew a record 7.4 million votes. He became the first Toronto player elected to start since 1B Carlos Delgado in 2003.

"People are recognizing that you're doing well, and for me it's been in three different territories: the United States and Canada and the Dominican," Bautista said. "I can't even describe how good that feels."

The Rays put three players on the AL team (1C; complete All-Star rosters, 4C).

GOOD news for REYES: Mets SS Jose Reyes was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, the mildest kind, and could return in a few days. Reyes left Saturday's game against the Yankees after two innings with tightness in his left hamstring.

3-BALL WALK: Mariners manager Eric Wedge apologized to his team for not catching a mistake in the count that helped cost his club Saturday's game. The Padres' Cameron Maybin drew a fifth-inning walk on what really was a 2-and-2 pitch and eventually scored the only run. "I'm the captain of this ship, and something like that cannot happen. That falls on me," Wedge said.

BLUE JAYS: OF Juan Rivera was designated for assignment, and OF Travis Snider was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

INDIANS: RHP Fausto Carmona went on the 15-day disabled list a day after he strained his thigh in a tumble at first base. Closer Chris Perez was activated off the bereavement list.

PADRES: 2B Orlando Hudson was feeling better but was out of the lineup for a second straight game with a sore left knee.

PHILLIES: LHP Cole Hamels, who left Thursday's start when he was struck by a line drive on his right hand, threw a clean bullpen session and was cleared to make his next start Tuesday.

PIRATES: RHP Brad Lincoln was sent to Triple-A Indianapolis a day after pitching six solid innings in a doubleheader nightcap. RHP Chris Leroux was recalled from Indianapolis.

ROCKIES: CF Carlos Gonzalez injured his right wrist in the seventh inning after running into the wall making a catch. He was taken for precautionary X-rays. … The contract of LHP Eric Stults was bought from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and RHP Greg Reynolds was optioned to the farm club.

ROYALS: LF Alex Gordon left the game against the Rockies after getting hit by a pitch on the left knee in the sixth inning.

TIGERS: Pitching coach Rick Knapp was fired and replaced by bullpen coach Jeff Jones. Knapp had been pitching coach for 21/2 seasons.

YANKEES: RHP Ivan Nova, who was 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 17 games, was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to open a spot for RHP Phil Hughes, who is set to come off the disabled list.

Brewers get noticed, put three on NL All-Star team 07/03/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 3, 2011 9:01pm]
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