MLB All-Star Game NL Roster: Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran Earn Spots For New York Mets

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Home Run Derby: Rickie Weeks, Matt Holliday, Matt Kemp Join Prince Fielder For NL

The National League lineup for the 2011 All-Star Home Run Derby has been set. Prince Fielder of Milwaukee, captain of this year’s squad using a new four-man team format, has announced his selections.

Milwaukee teammate Rickie Weeks (15 home runs), Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers (a National League-leading 22 home runs) and Matt Holliday of St. Louis (10 home runs) will join Fielder. The Milwaukee slugger has 21 home runs.

The American League team is captain by Boston’s David Ortiz. He has Red Sox teammate Adrian Gonzalez, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and major-league home run leader Jose Bautista on his squad.

This year’s Derby will use a new format where the two leagues will square off against each other.

St. Louis outfielder Lance Berkman is tied with Kemp for the NL lead in home runs with 22, but his teammate Holliday was Fielder’s choice for the spot.

On the AL side, former Derby champ Josh Hamilton was bypassed by Ortiz.

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2011 MLB All-Star Game NL Rosters: Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran Earn Spots For New York Mets

While everyone at Citi Field is waiting out a rain delay Sunday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced the National League roster for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, and two New York Mets players, shortstop Jose Reyes and outfielder Carlos Beltran, made the cut. Reyes was named the starting shortstop, while Beltran is a reserve outfielder.

Unfortunately, Mets fans may not get to see Reyes play July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ because of a hamstring injury he suffered Saturday night in a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees. Reyes, who leads the majors with a .354 batting average, is schedule to undergo an MRI Sunday. Last year, the 28-year old missed the All-Star Game with a right oblique injury. This will be Reyes' fourth All-Star selection, second has a starter.

Beltran, who's hitting .281 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 81 games, will be making his sixth All-Star Game appearance. Beltran has worn the Mets uniform in five All-Star Game, the second-most for a New York outfielder (Darryl Strawberry had seven).

Courtesy of SB Nation's baseball homepage, here's the NL's starting lineup:

Starters: Brian McCann (C, Atlanta Braves), Prince Fielder, (1B, Milwaukee Brewers), Rickie Weeks (2B), Jose Reyes (SS, New York Mets), Placido Polanco (3B, Philadelphia Phillies), Ryan Braun (OF, Milwaukee Brewers), Lance Berkman (OF, St. Louis Cardinals) and Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers).

Here's the NL's reserves and pitchers:

Position Players: Justin Upton (OF, Arizona Diamondbacks), Chipper Jones (3B, Atlanta Braves), Starlin Castro (SS, Chicago Cubs), Brandon Phillips (2B, Cincinnati Reds), Jay Bruce (OF, Cincinnati Reds), Joey Votto (1B, Cincinnati Reds), Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Colorado Rockies), Gaby Sanchez (1B, Florida Marlins), Hunter Pence (OF, Houston Astros), Carlos Beltran (OF, New York Mets), Matt Holliday (OF, St. Louis Cardinals), Yadier Molina (C, St. Louis Cardinals).

Pitchers: Jonny Venters (RP, Atlanta Braves), Clayton Kershaw (SP, Los Angeles Dodgers), Cole Hamels (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Jair Jurrjens (SP, Atlanta Braves), Joel Hanrahan (RP, Pittsburgh Pirates), Heath Bell (RP, San Diego Padres), Matt Cain (SP, San Francisco Giants), Roy Halladay (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Tim Lincecum (SP, San Francisco Giants), Brian Wilson (RP, San Francisco Giants), Ryan Vogelsong (SP, San Francisco Giants), Cliff Lee (SP, Philadelphia Phillies), Tyler Clippard (RP, Washington Nationals).

For the latest on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game voting, including voting results and analysis of the best and worst selections and All-Star snubs, stay with this StoryStream.

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2011 MLB NL All-Star Voting: Jose Reyes Ready To Run Into The Lead

Those footsteps that Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki hears is New York Mets SS Jose Reyes coming up behind him in the 2011 MLB All-Star voting.  Once seen as a lock to start for the National League, Tulowitzki will now be lucky to hold off the surging Reyes.

Over the last two weeks, the Mets spark plug has cut his deficit in half.  Reyes had been 586,956 votes behind Tulowitzki before cutting that number to 413,171 last week.  Now with just hours of voting left, there are just 244,832 votes separating the two.

Tulowitzki is more than worthy of the starting All-Star spot, hitting .276 with 15 HRs and 50 RBI entering Tuesday's action.  However, there are few hotter hitters than Reyes in all of baseball.  The Mets SS is leading the majors with a .341 average and 14 triples to go along with 32 RBI and 28 stolen bases.

Either way, both players will be representing their teams July 12th at Chase Field in Phoenix.  We will find out which will be starting the game and which will be starting on the bench when both rosters are announced on TBS this Sunday.

David Wright and Carlos Beltran were in the running for a spot on the team early in the voting but have since fallen far behind the leaders.  The injured Wright is in fourth place (1,763,940 votes back) while Beltran is in eighth (1,296,603 from the third and final starting slot).

Voting will wrap up Thursday night at 11:59pm and fans can vote up to 25 times per email address.

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2011 MLB NL All-Star Voting: Jose Reyes Is Rising

The latest MLB All-Star voting results are out and the country seems to finally realizing that the best shortstop in baseball is playing for the New York Mets. After opening up in third place, over the last two weeks Reyes has risen to second only behind Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies.

Reyes currently leads the National League in batting average, hits, runs and triples while sitting second in stolen bases. His 34 multi-hit games are tops in all of baseball.

He may be a comfortable 242,016 votes ahead of Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins thanks to a huge boost (460,000+) last week, but Reyes is still a whopping 586,956 behind Tulowitzki.

When the Mets return home this weekend to face the Angels, expect the team to roll out an all-out blitz to support Reyes' bid to represent the National League as the starting shortstop on July 12 in Phoenix.

As we get closer to the voting deadline of June 30, Reyes continues to look like the only Met with a chance to be voted into the game. The injured David Wright is fourth among third basemen with barely half the votes of the leader, Placido Polanco. Carlos Beltran, meanwhile, is falling in the standings despite having a fantastic offensive season.  The New York right fielder ranks ninth and even if he doubled his vote total Beltran would still not crack the top three.

Fans can vote up to 25 times each via MLB.com or Mets.com.

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