MLB selects All-Star player lineup

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 3, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) - Kenny Rogers might soon be surrounded by even more cameras, selected Sunday for a new-look All-Star game that has 11 first-time starters and four from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Rogers was picked for the AL All-Star team two days after the Texas pitcher was suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 for an angry fit that sent a television cameraman to a hospital and prompted a police investigation.

Rogers, who has mostly refused to speak with reporters this year, gets a $50,000 bonus for making the All-Star team. Because he asked the players' union to appeal the penalty, he will be allowed to participate in the July 12 game at Detroit, baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said. Rogers has not decided whether he will go, according to Rangers spokesman Rich Rice.

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''He was voted in by the players. He appealed his suspension and the league will not hear it until after the All-Star game,'' said Boston's Terry Francona, the AL manager.