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=== and dominate NL All-Star roster === New York, NY (Sports Network) - Triple Crown threat was among three St. Louis selected to start for the National League in the 74th All-Star Game on July 15 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. The and each had three players elected as starters for the Mid-Summer Classic. Atlanta had four other players chosen, giving the a major league-high seven players headed to the All-Star Game. Pujols, who will start in the outfield, will be joined by Cardinal teammates and in the NL starting lineup. Atlanta will send catcher , second baseman and outfielder to the contest as starters. The other starters are San Francisco outfielder and Colorado first baseman . Pujols, who leads the National League in batting average and runs batted in and is among the top three in home runs, was the leading vote-getter in the NL with 2,030,702 votes. At age 23 he became the second-youngest player to lead a league in voting since 1970 (Ken Griffey Jr. - 1991). It will also be the second All-Star appearance for Pujols, who went to the 2001 game as a rookie. He joined Ozzie Smith (1987) and Mark McGwire (1998) as to lead the league in fan balloting. Rolen will start at third base for the second straight year, but last season was a member of the Philadelphia . Renteria will make his first All- Star start after playing in 1998 and 2000 as a reserve. Bonds is the NL veteran in the starting lineup, making his 10th start and 12th overall appearance. Helton will start at first base for the third straight year. Sheffield will be making his seventh appearance in the All-Star Game, but only his second start and first since 1993 with Florida. Lopez and Giles will each make their first All-Star starts. Eight reserves and eight pitchers were also selected by a vote of players, managers and coaches, while four other pitchers and three position player were chosen by NL All-Star manager Dusty Baker of Chicago. The position reserves chosen via player balloting were catcher of Los Angeles, first baseman of Milwaukee, second baseman of Montreal, third baseman of Florida, Atlanta shortstop , and outfielders of Atlanta, of St. Louis and of Colorado. The pitchers selected by player balloting were and of Los Angeles, of Chicago, of St. Louis, of San Francisco, of Atlanta and of Houston. of Colorado was also selected, but won't pitch because of injury, giving a spot to Chicago's . Baker's picks were Arizona outfielder , Cincinnati infielder , San Diego outfielder , and pitchers of Atlanta, of the New York , of Philadelphia and of Pittsburgh. One more spot on the 32-man roster is still open and will be chosen among five players in an online vote by fans through July 9. Montreal's , Florida's , Milwaukee's , Chicago's and of San Francisco are the five candidates. Among the notable absences on the NL squad are Chicago slugger , of Philadelphia and rookie sensation of Florida.

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