-- Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada was named to the American League all-star team as a reserve on Sunday, as Joe Torre's squad at Houston's Minute Maid Park July 13 will include four shortstops.
"I knew I've been playing pretty good," said Tejada, 28, who will be playing in his second all-star game, "but I was still surprised [to make the team] because there are so many good players at that position."
Tejada will join Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees -- who earned the starting job by winning fan balloting -- plus Michael Young of the Texas Rangers and Carlos Guillen of the Detroit Tigers.
Tejada is hitting .315 with 15 homers, leads all AL shortstops with 69 RBI and is carrying a 19-game hitting streak. His last all-star appearance came as a member of the Oakland Athletics in 2002, the same year he was named AL most valuable player.
"He's very deserving," Orioles Manager Lee Mazzilli said.
This will be the fifth straight year the Orioles will have only one all-star. Among the Orioles who were bypassed this year were catcher Javy Lopez (.318, 11 homers) and left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan (1.84 ERA, .188 opponents' batting average).
Mazzilli has spoken with Torre, on whose Yankees staffs Mazzilli served as first base coach the previous four seasons, and recommended Lopez and Ryan and replacements in the event of injuries to current all-stars between now and July 13.
Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora, who is second in the league with a .347 batting average, apparently was passed over because of a strained hamstring injury that has caused him to miss the Orioles' last two games.
Mora is not on the disabled list, but according to an Orioles official, the team has conferred with league officials about Mora's health. Mora still may wind up on the disabled list if he is not able to play in the coming days.
Among the notable selections: Astros pitcher Roger Clemens was chosen to start for the NL in his home ballpark; he'll throw the first pitch to New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, whom he beaned in July 2000.
Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa will start in the NL outfield, the first time three players with 500 home runs will start.
Six members of the Yankees were picked, including starters Jeter, first baseman Jason Giambi and third baseman Alex Rodriguez.