Yanks send 4 starters, 2 reserves

Updated: July 3, 2011, 11:39 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees will send six players to Arizona for the 2011 All-Star Game. They could've -- and probably should've -- had more.

Shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, second baseman Robinson Cano and center fielder Curtis Granderson were voted in by the fans to be starters, while catcher Russell Martin and closer Mariano Rivera were chosen by their peers and Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington as reserves.

"It feels good," said Jeter, who was selected to his 12th All-Star team, his sixth as a starter. "Anytime you get an opportunity to be selected to an All-Star team -- especially by the fans -- it shows they appreciate how you play the game."

"It's great," said Granderson, who finished second all-time behind Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista in the fan voting, collecting 6,683,877 votes. "It shows that a lot of people are recognizing what the guys on this team have been doing and the fans and the league in general and the coaches that will be coaching in the game in Texas have some selection in that process too. So to get a chance to go out there, certainly speaks highly to what our guys have been doing to this point."

However, left-hander CC Sabathia, who is tied for the major league lead in wins (11) and first baseman Mark Teixeira, who ranks second majors in home runs (25) and fourth in RBIs (65), were snubbed. Right-hander David Robertson, who has the second-lowest ERA among all major leaguers who have thrown at least 30 innings (1.08) and is tied for the AL-lead among relievers in strikeouts (53), was also not picked.

Sabathia, who wouldn't be eligible to pitch since he is starting for the Yankees next Sunday, will say thanks, but no thanks if added to the team.

"I thought I had a pretty good first half," Sabathia said.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been texting with Teixeira about participating in the Home Run Derby. Teixeira had said he'd consider it if he made the team, but now that he hasn't, he says he'd rather spend time with his family.

"I'm not going to go out there," Teixeira said.

Although Rivera said he was "honored" to make his 12th All-Star team, he was more disappointed that Robertson couldn't be there, saying it's always exciting for younger players to get the nod.

"Now, I have a couple days to relax," said Robertson, who has yet to make an All-Star team in his brief career.

Cano, who finished third in the majors in the fan voting behind Bautista and Granderson (6,679,976 votes), said of going to his third All-Star Game: "It's great. I'm gonna go there and have fun."

Jeter, who is six hits shy of 3,000 for his career, garnered 4,536,386 votes, enough to beat out Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

"I was surprised," said Jeter, who is hitting .260 in 62 games. "I learned a long time ago not to pay attention to the voting because things go up and down."

Jeter is set to rejoin the Yankees on Monday after finishing a two-game rehab stint with Double-A Trenton on Sunday night. General manager Brian Cashman said that Jeter, who has missed 18 games with a calf strain, should play in the event. Jeter said it was too early for him to say whether he was playing in the game when asked on Sunday night.

Rodriguez (5,277,823 votes) will play in his 13th All-Star Game, the most of any player on either roster. He was selected as a starter for the 12th time.

By having Cano, Jeter and Rodriguez in the infield, it marks the first time since 2004 that three Yankees will start in an All-Star infield.

Martin lost out on the starting catching position to Alex Avila in the final week of the voting.

"He deserved the starting job because he's having a better season than I am," said Martin, who batting just .222 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs. "It's a simple answer."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley was used in this report.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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