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Denver awarded star date '98

Denver's Coors Field will be the site of the 1998 All-Star Game, baseball officials announced Monday.

"Another of our goals is to have a World Series here," Colorado Rockies chairman Jerry McMorris said during a news conference with National League president Leonard Coleman.

Word of the decision got out last week, when baseball officials also confirmed that Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium will be the All-Star site in 2000.

Coors Stadium, which opened this year, holds about 50,000 _ more than 6,000 fewer seats than the Rockies' 1993 average.

Baerga takes lead: Cleveland second baseman Carlos Baerga and Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez have moved into the lead at their positions in AL All-Star voting. Voting ended Monday.

Baerga has 687,222 votes, followed by 564,938 for Toronto's Roberto Alomar. Rodriguez has 576,268 votes compared with 510,287 for Cleveland's Sandy Alomar Jr.

Captains named: Pitching greats Nolan Ryan and Ferguson Jenkins will serve as honorary captains for the July 11 game at the Ballpark in Arlington.

All-Star games

1995 The Ballpark Arlington

1996 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia

1997 Jacobs Field Cleveland

1998 Coors Field Denver

1999 To be announced

2000 Joe Robbie Stadium Miami