Yankees LF Hideki Matsui and Phillies RF Bobby Abreu earned the final spots on the all-star teams in Internet fan voting completed yesterday.
Matsui became the seventh member of the Yankees to make the 32-man AL squad. Matsui, batting .282 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI, has been an all-star in both of his seasons since leaving Japan.
"To be chosen as part of the All-Star Game is one of the great achievements you can have as a player," Matsui said through a translator.
It's the first all-star team for Abreu, who is batting .297 with 17 homers and 57 RBI.
Matsui joins New York teammates Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and Tom Gordon on the AL team.
* A FEW MORE HOMERS: Jim Thome of the Phillies, Ken Griffey Jr. of the Reds and the Cubs' Sammy Sosa will represent the NL in next week's All-Star Home Run Derby. The Yankees' Jason Giambi, the Red Sox' David Ortiz and the Orioles' Rafael Palmeiro will be among the AL players to participate in the competition Monday night in Houston. One additional player from each league will be picked, the commissioner's office said.
* OUT: Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was scratched from last night's lineup after he was hit on the left wrist by a ball during batting practice. There was no immediate word on his status. . . . All-star Pirates SS Jack Wilson was removed from the lineup against the Marlins because of an irritated left knee. He is day-to-day.
-- From News Services