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A-Rod, Jeter, Posada head to All-Star Game

A-Rod, Jeter, Posada head to All-Star Game
July 9, 2007

While most of the Yankees were headed home for a three-day break, their top three performers from the season's first half were boarding a plane for San Francisco to take part in the All-Star Game.

Alex Rodriguez had the best first half of his career (.317, 30 homers, 86 RBIs), and accordingly was the top vote-getter for tomorrow night's game. It was his eighth straight All-Star selection, the second-longest active streak behind Manny Ramirez's 10. It is Rodriguez's 11th selection, Derek Jeter's eighth and Jorge Posada's fifth. All three are taking family members with them to California.

"Some people say, 'Oh, it's no big deal. I'd like to have three days off,"' Jeter said. "When you don't go, the years I don't go, I wish I was there. It's a privilege, it's an honor, and I look forward to it."

Said Posada, who was picked for the first time since 2003: "The players voted me in, that's what I liked the most. They respect what I'm doing."

On the way back

First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz heads to Tampa today for rehab. He has been on the disabled list since breaking his wrist June 2 in Boston.

"I've almost got all my strength back," he said. He hopes to be cleared for baseball activities at his July 19 checkup and aims to play for the Yankees in the first week of August.

Extra bases

Joe Torre has not been fond of ESPN for years. Yesterday, when asked if he will tune in tonight to ESPN's "The Bronx Is Burning" miniseries, he said he didn't think he had gotten an invitation. Then, noting it will air on ESPN, Torre said: "I burned long before the Bronx did in their eyes." ... Torre said the Yankees will likely drop to seven relievers and add a bench player after the break. Their rotation will be Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens, Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina and Kei Igawa ... Igawa brought gift bags for every teammate from his hometown of Ibaraki, Japan. When he gave the bag to Jeter, the captain said he would bring Igawa a present from his hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich.

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