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Four Marlins heading to Houston
07/04/2004  7:00 PM ET
MIAMI -- The defending World Series champion Marlins are still receiving their share of star treatment. For the first time in franchise history, they will have four representatives at the All-Star Game.

Representing the Marlins at the Midsummer Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston on July 13 are third baseman Mike Lowell, right fielder Miguel Cabrera, right-handed pitcher Carl Pavano and closer Armando Benitez.

Lowell and Cabrera were selected by the Major League players, coaches and managers.

Marlins manager Jack McKeon, the National League squad manager, picked seven reserves. Pavano was one of them.

Being the players' choice, said Lowell, is special.

"What's most gratifying for me is that I was voted in by the players," he said. "When you get votes from your peers and they respect the way you play and the numbers you put up, it makes you feel better. I'm fortunate, and I'm very happy I'm going."

The steady, 30-year-old Lowell is the first Marlin ever selected three times, and has done so as a reserve the past three seasons.