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MLB All-Star Starting Rosters Include Four Yankees And Three Brewers

MLB announce the starting rosters for the 2011 All-Star Game held in Phoenix, Arizona on July 12. The starters were selected by fan voting which helps explain why there are four New  York Yankees picked from the American League but does nothing to explain the presence of three Milwaukee Brewers for the National League side. Despite the game being held in a National League park, for the first time the DH will be used.

There will be 34 players overall on each rosters with fans voting on 17 starters (DH in the AL) and players picking 17 positions players and 16 pitchers (10 starters and six relievers. The two managers along with MLB pick another 10 pitchers and six bench players. 

Then, skippers Ron Washington (AL) and Bruce Bochy (NL), in conjunction with MLB, each identified five omitted players to make up the All-Star Game Final Vote, which fans can vote on until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Here's the starting rosters for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game as voted on by the fans (which is clearly a flawed process as evidenced by Derek Jeter making the cut):

American League

Starters
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
SS: Derek Jeter, Yankees
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF: Curtis Granderson, Yankees
OF: Josh Hamilton, Rangers
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
C: Alex Avila, Tigers

National League

Starters
1B: Prince Fielder, Brewers
2B: Rickie Weeks, Brewers
3B: Jose Reyes, Mets
SS: Placido Polanco, Phillies
OF: Lance Berkman, Cardinals
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
C: Brian McCann, Braves