Yankees RHP Javier Vazquez and Dodgers C Paul Lo Duca were added to the all-star teams last night.
Vazquez takes the spot of Athletics RHP Tim Hudson, giving New York eight players on the 32-man AL squad.
Yankees Manager Joe Torre, who will manage the AL all-stars, said the roster opening was offered first to Boston ace Pedro Martinez, who declined the invitation.
Lo Duca replaces Reds 1B Sean Casey, on the DL with a strained right calf. . . .
Barry Bonds of the Giants and Hank Blalock of the Rangers were added to next week's home run derby.
Bonds joins Philadelphia's Jim Thome, Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. and the Cubs' Sammy Sosa for the National League. The AL participants include Blalock, New York's Jason Giambi, Boston's David Ortiz and Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro.
* JAPAN REJECTS PLAN: Japan's owners rejected a plan to hold the first baseball World Cup in the United States next year.
The owners do not want Major League Baseball in charge of the event and would prefer the International Baseball Federation, an official in the Japanese commissioner's office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said yesterday.
However, another official in the Japanese commissioner's office, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Japan might still be interested in participating if the event is structured differently.
-- From News Services