Mauer, Pujols Top Baseball's All-Star Voting as Strasburg Misses Out

Joe Mauer and Albert Pujols topped fan voting for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game while rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals was left off the National League roster.

Mauer, a catcher for the Minnesota Twins and the American League’s reigning Most Valuable Player, will make his fourth appearance in the midseason exhibition. Pujols, a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, will play for the ninth time.

Fans cast 21.2 million votes to decide the nine AL and eight NL starters, while 220 million ballots were cast overall, MLB said on its website yesterday. Strasburg wasn’t among the 13 NL pitchers, eight of whom were chosen by players and five by the Philadelphia Phillies’ Charlie Manuel, who’s managing the team for the second straight year.

“He got quite a bit of consideration,” Manuel said in a televised interview with TBS. “He’s going to be an All-Star for a long time. I just felt like there’s other guys who have started anywhere from 18 to 20 games.”

Strasburg, whose fastball tops 100 miles (161 kilometers) per hour, has made six starts since being called up from the minor leagues and is 2-2 with a 2.45 earned run average. He struck out a record 41 batters in his first four games and has 53 strikeouts overall and 10 walks in 36 2/3 innings.

The 81st All-Star Game will be held July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

At stake is home-field advantage in the World Series.

AL’s Streak

Since 2003, the team from the winning league gains the right to host as many as four games in the best-of-seven championship matchup. The AL last year extended its unbeaten All-Star Game streak to 13 years with a 4-3 victory at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Mauer got 5.37 million votes, the third-most ever after the 6.08 million cast for Ken Griffey Jr. in 1994 and the 5.4 million received by Pujols last year.

Mauer is the second Twins player after Hall of Famer Rod Carew in 1975 to lead the voting, and the first catcher to top the balloting since Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers 10 years ago. The 30-year-old Pujols got the most votes among NL players for the fourth time, with a tally of 4.38 million.

Mauer is joined in the AL starting lineup by Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, while the NL starters also include Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

All-Star Starters

The other AL starters as voted for by fans are: second baseman Robinson Cano (Yankees); shortstop Derek Jeter (Yankees); third baseman Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays); outfielders Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers), Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners) and Carl Crawford (Rays), and designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers).

The other NL starters are: second baseman Chase Utley, (Philadelphia Phillies); shortstop Hanley Ramirez (Florida Marlins); third baseman David Wright (New York Mets), and outfielders Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers), Andre Ethier (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves).

Utley won’t be able to make a fifth appearance in the All- Star Game after undergoing thumb surgery July 1. He’ll be replaced by Martin Prado, second baseman for the Atlanta Braves. Manuel will select the team’s designated hitter.

Final Roster Spot

The last player on each team will be determined via an online vote by fans at MLB.com, with the winners revealed after balloting ends on July 8.

Each league has five contenders for the remaining place on their rosters. In the AL, fans can choose from Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox), Nick Swisher (Yankees), Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox), Delmon Young (Twins) and Michael Young (Rangers).

Strasburg wasn’t among the five possible NL players selected by Manuel for the voting. The NL finalists are Heath Bell (San Diego Padres), Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies), Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds), Billy Wagner (Braves) and Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals).

AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHERS
Matt Thornton           Chicago White Sox
Fausto Carmona          Cleveland Indians
Joakim Soria            Kansas City Royals
Trevor Cahill           Oakland Athletics
CC Sabathia             New York Yankees
David Price             Tampa Bay Rays
Clay Buchholz           Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester              Boston Red Sox
Phil Hughes             New York Yankees
Cliff Lee               Seattle Mariners
Neftali Feliz           Texas Rangers
Mariano Rivera          New York Yankees
Jose Valverde           Detroit Tigers


AMERICAN LEAGUE RESERVES
Ty Wigginton            Baltimore Orioles
Alex Rodriguez          New York Yankees
Victor Martinez         Boston Red Sox**
David Ortiz             Boston Red Sox
Miguel Cabrera          Detroit Tigers
Dustin Pedroia          Boston Red Sox**
Elvis Andrus            Texas Rangers
Adrian Beltre           Boston Red Sox
Vernon Wells            Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Bautista           Toronto Blue Jays
Torii Hunter            Los Angeles Angels


**Toronto Blue Jays catcher John Buck and Texas Rangers
second baseman Ian Kinsler of the Rangers, replace Martinez
and Pedroia, who are injured, on the active A.L. roster.


NATIONAL LEAGUE PITCHERS
Ubaldo Jimenez          Colorado Rockies
Roy Halladay            Philadelphia Phillies
Josh Johnson            Florida Marlins
Tim Lincecum            San Francisco Giants
Adam Wainwright         St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Capps              Washington Nationals
Brian Wilson            San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Broxton        Los Angeles Dodgers
Chris Carpenter         St. Louis Cardinals
Yovani Gallardo         Milwaukee Brewers
Tim Hudson              Atlanta Braves
Evan Meek               Pittsburgh Pirates
Arthur Rhodes           Cincinnati Reds


NATIONAL LEAGUE RESERVES
Ryan Howard             Philadelphia Phillies
Omar Infante            Atlanta Braves
Michael Bourn           Houston Astros
Chris Young             Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Phillips        Cincinnati Reds
Brian McCann            Atlanta Braves
Adrian Gonzalez         San Diego Padres
Troy Tulowitzki         Colorado Rockies*
Scott Rolen             Cincinnati Reds
Corey Hart              Milwaukee Brewers
Matt Holliday           St. Louis Cardinals
Marlon Byrd             Chicago Cubs

*New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes will replace the
injured Tulowitzki on the active NL roster.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

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