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A-Rod, Posada, Jeter only Yankees All-Stars

A-Rod, Posada, Jeter only Yankees All-Stars
July 2, 2007

A hollow victory is about all the Yankees can get these days, and that was the case after the results of the American League All-Star voting were released late in yesterday's 11-5 loss to Oakland.

Alex Rodriguez, for the first time in his career, was MLB's top vote-getter in earning his 11th All-Star spot; Derek Jeter was second to A-Rod and will start at shortstop for the third time, and catcher Jorge Posada was elected as a reserve on the player ballot.

"It's what you hoped for, and especially Jorgie," Joe Torre said, expressing affection for Posada, who is having a career season but often is overshadowed by the exploits of his high-profile teammates on the left side of the infield.

Jeter seemed especially pleased for his close friend, too. "He's having a great year, a terrific year," Jeter said of Posada. "He's one of our most consistent players and he deserves to go."

Posada couldn't fully enjoy the honor. "I'm happy about it, but I can't really think about that," he said. "It's really frustrating right now."

A-Rod and Jeter said essentially the same thing. "It's kind of hard to have a smile on your face, but obviously, it feels good that people recognize how you play the game," Jeter said. "You do appreciate it. It makes you feel good. But it's tough right now."

Rodriguez, perhaps because he wasn't certain about the New York vote at the start of the season, recently said several times that it would mean a lot to him to be No. 1 in the balloting. But yesterday, he barely smiled when asked about it.

"It's hard to think about that right now, but it's a pretty neat experience," A-Rod said. "It's a lot of votes, a lot of fans, so it's pretty cool. You have days like today that remind you how hard this game can be. To be so consistent for a long time is something that I'm proud of."

Torre was pleased for his third baseman, too. "I think it's significant," he said of A-Rod's vote total of 3,890,515, "because he's worked hard to get this. Alex has come a long way since last year and I'm happy for him."

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