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Loretta named to NL All-Star team
07/04/2004  8:56 PM ET
SAN DIEGO -- You can call him an All-Star.

Sunday, Mark Loretta got the news that every ballplayer at every level wants to hear at least once, when he was named one of the reserves to the National League All-Star squad. It will be  Loretta's first All-Star appearance.

Houston's Jeff Kent was voted in by the fans to start at second base. But Loretta was recognized for his solid all-around play by his peers who voted him in via the player ballot to add him to the squad for the 75th All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Tuesday.

Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen was the leading vote-getter in the National League. Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano was the leading vote-getter overall.

"That does make me feel good," Loretta said of the player vote. "I was very happy to hear that. That's really special."