- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Joel Hanrahan planned to spend the break buying a couch. Matt Joyce figured to be out on a boat. Ryan Vogelsong, well, there was no telling where he might be these days.

They’re now all headed to the All-Star game, part of the rosters released Sunday after fans, players and managers had their say on who should be in Phoenix on July 12.

Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks were among several players who overcame voting deficits in the final week to earn starting spots. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and Detroit catcher Alex Avila rallied to claim slots, too.

Overtaken by Avila, New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin felt relieved.


“He’s got much better numbers than I do. I’m glad he’s going to get the start,” said Martin, who still made the AL team as a backup. “I was kind of worried about that, actually.”

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are among six Yankees on the AL side. Once again, New York had the most players picked.

Philadelphia, having built the best record in the majors on pitching, provided aces Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz led a Boston quartet.

The Milwaukee trio of Ryan Braun, Fielder and Weeks will form a mini-Brew Crew in the desert, a nice nod to a team known more for sausage races than pennant races.

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

The small-market Brewers celebrated their largest haul of All-Star starters. Milwaukee draws a lot of attention for its in-game dash of meat mascots _ the team, however, has made the playoffs just once since 1982.

The World Series champion San Francisco Giants added four arms, including Vogelsong.

Vogelsong will certainly be among the feel-good stories. At 33, he’d spent the previous four years in Japan and the minors before getting called up early this season.

“There’s never been a time in my career when this seemed like even a realistic possibility,” he said, choking up while discussing his selection. “A year ago, almost to the day, I got released and didn’t know if I would ever pitch again.”

This year’s squad includes 13 first-time All-Stars in the AL and 11 in the NL, with Hanrahan among them. The closer is Pittsburgh’s lone representative and said he won’t mind changing his vacation plans.

“I think it will be a lot more fun than going to a furniture shop. They say it takes three months to get a couch _ wanted to see one and get it on order,” he said.

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