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2008 All-Star Game: Who is in and Who got Snubbed.

Michael HicksSenior Analyst IJuly 7, 2008

If this years All-Star game looks like a game between the Cubs and Red Sox, don't change the channel.

Both teams will be well represented at Yankee stadium on July 15.

The Cubs have a team-record seven players on the NL roster. With the Red Sox sending seven players as well.

"It's flattering," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We've played well the first half and these guys that are going are, in a way, largely responsible."

"To be able to represent the Red Sox with that number of Red Sox will be very exciting," AL manager Terry Francona of Boston said. "I'm very proud of that."

There will be three Yankees on the team to celebrate the last All-Star game to be played at the famed stadium.

Alex Rodriguez was the top overall vote-getter for the second straight year at 3,934,518 and became a 12-time All-Star. Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera will join him.

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley led the NL voting with  3,889,602.

The AL starting lineup: catcher Joe Mauer, Youkilis at first base, Pedroia at second base, Jeter at shortstop, Rodriguez at third base, outfielders Josh Hamilton,  Ichiro Suzuki and Ramirez.

The NL starting lineup: catcher Geovany Soto will become the first rookie catcher to start for the NL, first baseman Lance Berkman, Utley at second base, shortstop Hanley Ramirez and third baseman Chipper Jones , with Soriano, Fukudome and Braun in the outfield.

As always there are going to be players with a legit beef for being snubbed. With the fans voting it has become more of a popularity contest.

The Tampa Bay Rays, the team with the best record in baseball, will not have a starter on the field.

Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, Colorado third baseman Garrett Atkins, White Sox Jermaine Dye and Boston third baseman Mike Lowell were among the top players left out.

Boston pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and Cole Hamels are the top pitchers left off.

 

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