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Four Brewers Named to All Star Team

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Four Milwaukee Brewers have been named to the National League All-Star team for the first time since 2007.  Third baseman Aramis Ramirez and center-fielder Carlos Gomez were chosen to start the July 15th Mid-Summer Classic in Minneapolis.  The Brewers were the only N-L club to have more than one starter elected by the fans.  Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and closer Francisco Rodriguez were picked by the players.  The selections were announced Sunday night.  Ramirez was elected to start for the first time in his 16-year Major League career.  He started in the 2005 game as an injury replacement for Scott Rolen, and was also in the 2008 classic.  Gomez will be in his second straight All-Star Game, and his first as a starter after the players chose him as a reserve a year ago.  The 32-year-old Rodriguez is an All-Star for the fourth time in his career, and the first since 2009 when he was with the New York Mets.  Lucroy was named to his first All-Star Game after he finished second in the fan balloting behind Saint Louis catcher Yadier Molina.    Former Brewers' prospect Nelson Cruz, of Baltimore, was elected as the American League's starting designated hitter.  Ex-Brewer Zack Greinke was among the N-L pitchers chosen along with Madison native Pat Neshek, of the Cardinals, and former U-W Stevens Point star Jordan Zimmermann, of Washington.  Ex-Brewer Casey McGehee, of Miami, is among five players up for a fan vote this week as the final player on the N-L squad.

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