- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2011

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 in this year, a Brew Crew.

Outfielder Ryan Braun, first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks made up a Milwaukee trio elected by fans to start July 12 in Phoenix. Quite a haul, the largest ever for a small-market team better known for sausage races than pennant races.

“It means the Milwaukee Brewers have arrived on the national scene,” Braun, the top NL vote-getter, said Sunday before the Central co-leaders visited Minnesota.

Fielder and Weeks were among several players who overcame voting deficits in the final week. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Detroit catcher Alex Avila also rallied late to earn starting spots.

Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista, the reigning home run champion, drew a record 7.4 million votes. He homered Saturday off Halladay, then hit his major league-leading 27th homer Sunday against Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee.

The AL starting lineup: Adrian Gonzalez at first base, Robinson Cano at second, Jeter at shortstop, Alex Rodriguez at third base, with Bautista, Josh Hamilton and Curtis Granderson in the outfield, Avila behind the plate and Ortiz at designated hitter.

The NL starters: Fielder at first, Weeks at second, Reyes at short, Placido Polanco at third, with Braun, Kemp and Lance Berkman in the outfielder and Brian McCann catching. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy will choose the DH.

Phillies aces Cole Hamels, Halladay and Lee are part of the 13-man NL staff, showing why Philadelphia has the best record in the majors. The World Series champion San Francisco Giants put four pitchers on the squad: Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Brian Wilson and Ryan Vogelsong.

Jeter, a 12-time All-Star set to come off the disabled list Monday, will be among six New York Yankees heading to the desert. Also going are 14-time All-Star Rodriguez, Cano, Granderson, closer Mariano Rivera and backup catcher Russell Martin.

The rival Red Sox put four players on the team: Gonzalez, Ortiz, pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Bochy said it wasn’t easy to fill out the rosters.

“It felt like bamboo being stuck up my fingernails,” he joked. “Yeah, we enjoyed the process. But we also are thoughtful of the guys who were deserving that we couldn’t find a spot for. There’s quite a few good names out there, but that’s every year and that never will change.”


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