- The Washington Times - Monday, July 1, 2002

From staff and wire reports
NEW YORK Bob Brenly and Joe Torre rewarded their own, each taking six players from their teams to the All-Star game.
Brenly picked six of the World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks to come with him to Milwaukee for the All-Star game July 9. Three members of the AL champion New York Yankees were voted onto the team and Torre selected three more as reserves.
The lone Baltimore Oriole to be named to the AL squad was third baseman Tony Batista, who leads the team with 18 homers and 50 RBI and is second with a .276 batting average.
Claimed off waivers last June from the Toronto Blue Jays, Batista will be making his second All-Star appearance. He went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter in the 2000 game at Atlanta.
He'll also continue the tradition of Orioles All-Star third basemen Cal Ripken was elected to start at third the last five seasons.
"This year I'm doing good," the 28-year-old Dominican native said. "They called me because they looked at what I have been doing. I deserve it and I'm going to enjoy it."
Torre passed over two other Orioles, rookie right-hander Rodrigo Lopez (6-3, 3.11 ERA) and veteran left-handed set-up man Buddy Groom (2-2, 2.03 ERA).
Torre was criticized last season for selecting seven Yankees. This year, first baseman Jason Giambi, catcher Jorge Posada and second baseman Alfonso Soriano were voted on the team by the fans, and Torre picked closer Mariano Rivera, shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Robin Ventura.
"My players are qualified to go to the All-Star game, not just because I pick them," said Torre, managing for the game for the fifth time. "My players, if they don't stand up to other players, then I don't take them."
Brenly, a first-time All-Star manager, took starting pitchers Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson, outfielder Luis Gonzalez and three first-timers: closer Byung-Hyun Kim, second baseman Junior Spivey and catcher Damian Miller.
Boston was the only other team with more than three All-Stars. Outfielder Manny Ramirez and third baseman Shea Hillenbrand were voted on, and pitchers Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe, and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra are reserves.


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