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Pudge, Guillen selected as All-Stars07/04/2004 7:00 PM ET
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
DENVER -- Ivan Rodriguez is headed back to the All-Star Game. Carlos Guillen is headed there for the first time.
While Rodriguez held onto his lead among American League catchers in the final balloting, Guillen was named as a reserve by manager Joe Torre. As a result, the Tigers have multiple All-Stars for the first time since 1994.
Three years after Pudge's last trip to the Midsummer Classic, his return to the AL put him back on top of his position. He easily outdistanced Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, Red Sox backstop Jason Varitek and others for his 11th All-Star Game appearance and 10th in the starting lineup.
"It would be nice to come back after two years," Rodriguez said. "I think all the All-Star Games are special. It's not easy to get there. I enjoy them all."
Rodriguez becomes the first Tiger to be voted into the All-Star Game since his manager, Alan Trammell, topped AL shortstops in 1988. Barring injury, which befell Trammell that year, he'll become the first Tiger to start in an All-Star Game since Cecil Fielder replaced injured Mark McGwire in 1991.