Major League Baseball has announced the rosters for the 2011 All-Star Game, and the squads are filled with many familiar names.
The 82nd Mid-Summer Classic will be played July 12 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, the top vote-getter overall, and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who claimed the No. 1 spot in the National League, were among the starters voted in by the fans.
Bautista's 7,454,753 votes broke Ken Griffey Jr's record of 6,069,688 votes set in 1994.
The rest of the NL infield starters include Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann, Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, his teammate Rickie Weeks at second base, New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco.
Joining Braun in the NL outfield will be Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The NL reserves will consist of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Reds first baseman and reigning NL MVP Joey Votto, and outfielders Carlos Beltran of the Mets, Jay Bruce of the Reds, Matt Holliday of the Cardinals, Hunter Pence of the Astros and Justin Upton of the host Diamondbacks.
Headlining the NL pitching staff is a trio of Phillies starters in Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. The San Francisco Giants will also send three starters in Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong as well as their closer -- Brian Wilson. Also making the squad were Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, while Heath Bell of the Padres, Tyler Clippard of the Nationals, Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates and Jonny Venters of the Braves will comprise the NL's bullpen.
Starting in the American League's infield is Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila, Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the Yankees' Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez -- second base, shortstop and third base, respectively.
Curtis Granderson of the Yankees and Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers make up the rest of the AL outfield, with Boston's David Ortiz selected as the DH.
Selected as bench players for the AL were: catchers Russell Martin of the Yankees and Matt Wieters of the Orioles, infielders Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers and Howie Kendrick of the Angels, outfielders Michael Cuddyer of the Twins, Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox, Matt Joyce of the Rays and Carlos Quentin of the White Sox and designated hitter Michael Young of the Rangers.
Reigning AL Cy Young award winner Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners highlights the AL pitching staff. Other starters for the squad will be Josh Beckett of the Red Sox, Gio Gonzalez of the Athletics, David Price and James Shields of the Rays, Justin Verlander of the Tigers, Jered Weaver of the Angels and C.J. Wilson of the Rangers. The bullpen consists of the Royals' Aaron Crow, Seattle's Brandon League, Cleveland's Chris Perez, New York's Mariano Rivera and Detroit's Jose Valverde.
Each team will have an additional player, as voted again by the fans.
The National League choices are Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, Todd Helton of the Rockies, Ian Kennedy of the D-Backs, Michael Morse of the Nationals and Shane Victorino of the Phillies.
The American League candidates are Alex Gordon of the Royals, Adam Jones of the Orioles, Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Victor Martinez of the Tigers and Ben Zobrist of the Rays.