Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, who led baseball's resurgence with their home-run race last summer, will be starting together in the All-Star Game for the first time.

McGwire, who hit a record 70 home runs last year, and Sosa, who leads the major leagues with 32, were elected today to start for the National League at Boston's Fenway Park on July 13.

It will be the 11th appearance and seventh start for McGwire and the third appearance and first start for Sosa.

The second-year Arizona Diamondbacks were the only team to place two players in the starting lineup: Matt Williams won at third base and Jay Bell overtook Houston's Craig Biggio in the final week to win at second base.

Mike Piazza of the New York Mets will start at catcher for the sixth straight season and make his seventh appearance overall.

"I never get tired of going there," Piazza said. "As long as I am elected or selected, I will feel honored to go. It is probably the most fun you can have as a player, hanging out with the rest of the guys."

Cincinnati's Barry Larkin held off the Mets' Rey Ordonez at shortstop, and Colorado's Larry Walker and San Diego's Tony Gwynn were elected to join Sosa in the outfield.

Gwynn, elected to his 15th all-star game and 11th starting spot, is on the disabled list because of a calf injury. Gwynn has been taking batting practice and might be activated in time to play.

Sosa, one of the few bright spots in the Chicago Cubs' dismal season, was the NL's leading vote-getter with 2,315,204, finishing third overall in the voting.

Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. (2,918,055) led all players for the fourth straight year and fifth time overall and was followed by Cleveland second baseman Roberto Alomar (2,793,891).

McGwire, who hit his 27th homer tonight, received the second-highest NL vote total with 1,669,066.

He wishes the all-star break was longer than three days.

"All the other sports have four to five days off," he said, "and I've never understood why baseball doesn't give the guys that play in the All-Star Game an extra day off just to get back to the cities they're going to play their games in."

Bell, who trailed Biggio, 697,326 to 658,407, in totals announced last week, finished with 1,203,902 votes, about 32,000 ahead of his Houston rival, who wound up at 1,171,574.

Before this week, none of the votes cast on the Internet had been included in the weekly totals. Fans were allowed to vote up to 22 times on the Internet -- the average number of home games for each team during the balloting. Sosa gained nearly 1 million votes in the final week of counting.

Larkin, who led Ordonez by fewer than 10,000 votes last week, won by a wide margin, 858,203 to 799,858. Larkin will be making his 10th all-star appearance, his fourth as a starter.

Colorado's Larry Walker will be making his fourth appearance, his third straight as a starter. Williams, a five-time all-star, returns to the game for the first time since 1996 and will make his fourth start. It is Bell's second appearance and first start.

Pitchers and reserves for both leagues will be picked Wednesday.

National League All-Star Starters

Total Votes


Piazza, N.Y.


First Base

McGwire. St. L.


Second Base

Bell, Ariz.


Third Base

Williams, Ariz.



Larkin, Cin.



Sosa, Chi.


Walker, Colo.


Gwynn, S.D.


Time: 8 p.m.

Date: July 13

Where: Fenway Park, Boston



NL Manager: Bruce Bochy