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Ichiro an All-Star yet again

Ichiro will be making eighth consecutive appearance and seventh start at Midsummer Classic.

From the Mariners' press release...

SEATTLE, Wash. -- In an announcement made today by Major League Baseball, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has been named to the American League squad for the 2008 All-Star game held July 15 at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Ichiro, 34, will be making his eighth consecutive trip to the Midsummer Classic and was voted in as a starter for the seventh time. He received 2,012,912 votes, 3rd-most among AL outfielders. In seven trips to the All-Star game, Ichiro is 6-for-18 (.333) with a double, home run and four RBI. He was named the MVP of last year's All-Star game in San Francisco, going 3-for-3 with the first inside-the-park homer in ASG history.

Ichiro is gaining on Ken Griffey Jr. as the franchise leader in consecutive All-Star selections. Griffey was selected 10 consecutive seasons, from 1990-99. This is the 15th consecutive season Ichiro has been named an All-Star, also earning the honor in his final seven seasons in Japan playing for the Orix Blue Wave.

Through Saturday's game, Ichiro has started all 87 games (69 in CF, 18 in RF) and ranks amongst the American League leaders in several offensive categories. He is 2nd in the AL in hits (110) and stolen bases (34), tied for first in intentional walks (9), 2nd in stolen base percentage (94.4, 34-36) and T9th in multi-hit games (29). He is batting .304 (110x362) with 11 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 21 RBI. He is on pace for 205 hits, which would be his record-tying eighth consecutive 200-hit season. His 34 stolen bases are on pace to break the club record (60 by Harold Reynolds in 1987) and already set the record for most stolen bases prior to the All-Star break (previously 33 by Julio Cruz in 1983).

In eight Major League seasons, Ichiro has recorded 1,702 hits, becoming the fastest player since 1956 to reach 1,700 career hits and already has the most hits by any player in the first eight seasons of a career. He becomes the first player since Mike Piazza (1993-2002) to be selected to the All-Star game in each of the first eight full seasons of a Major League career. Counting his career in Japan, Ichiro is now only 20 hits shy of reaching 3,000 for his career.

Former Mariner George Sherrill also made the team, while Jose Guillen is on the list that can be voted in for the last spot.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

STARTERS

Pos Player B/T


C Joe Mauer, MIN L/R

1B Kevin Youkilis, BOS R/R

2B Dustin Pedroia, BOS L/L

SS Derek Jeter, NYY R/R

3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY R/R

OF Josh Hamilton, TEX L/L

OF Manny Ramirez, BOS R/R

OF Ichiro Suzuki, SEA L/R

DH David Ortiz, BOSº L/L



Pitchers

Pos Player B/T


P Justin Duchscherer, OAK R/R

P Roy Halladay, TOR R/R

P Scott Kazmir, TB L/L

P Cliff Lee, CLE L/L

P Joe Nathan, MIN R/R

P Jonathan Papelbon, BOS R/R

P Mariano Rivera, NYY R/R

P Francisco Rodriguez, LAA R/R

P Ervin Santana, LAA R/R

P Joe Saunders, LAA L/L

P George Sherrill, BAL L/L

P Joakim Soria, KC R/R



Reserves

Pos Player B/T


C Dioner Navarro, TB S/R

C Jason Varitek, BOS S/R

1B Justin Morneau, MIN L/R

2B Ian Kinsler, TEX R/R

SS Michael Young, TEX S/R

3B Joe Crede, CWS R/R

3B Carlos Guillen, DET S/R

OF J.D. Drew, BOS L/R

OF Carlos Quentin, CWS R/R

OF Grady Sizemore, CLE L/L

DH Milton Bradleyª, TEX S/R

National League

Starting Lineup

Pos Player B/T


C Geovany Soto, CHC S/R

1B Lance Berkman, HOU S/L

2B Chase Utley, PHI L/R

SS Hanley Ramirez, FLA R/R

3B Chipper Jones, ATL S/R

OF Ryan Braun, MIL R/R

OF Kosuke Fukudome, CHC L/R

OF Alfonso Soriano, CHC R/R



Pitchers

Pos Player B/T


P Aaron Cook, COL R/R

P Ryan Dempster, CHC R/R

P Dan Haren, ARI R/R

P Brad Lidge, PHI R/R

P Tim Lincecum, SF L/R

P Ben Sheets, MIL R/R

P Edinson Volquez, CIN R/R

P Billy Wagner, NYM L/L

P Brandon Webb, ARI R/R

P Brian Wilson, SF R/R

P Kerry Wood, CHC L/L

P Carlos Zambrano, CHC S/R



Reserves

Pos Player B/T


C Russell Martin, LA R/R

C Brian McCann, ATL L/R

1B Adrian Gonzalez, SD L/L

1B Albert Pujols, STL R/R

2B Dan Uggla, FLA R/R

3B Aramis Ramirez, CHC R/R

SS Cristian Guzman, WAS S/R

SS Miguel Tejada, HOU R/R

OF Matt Holliday, COL R/R

OF Ryan Ludwick, STL R/L

OF Nate McLouth, PIT L/R

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