Amer­i­can League

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Ichiro Suzuki, Seat­tle, RF Derek Jeter, N.Y. Yan­kees, SS Miguel Cabr­era, Detroit, 1B Josh Hamil­ton, Texas, CF Vladimir Guer­rero, Texas, DH Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay, 3B Joe Mauer, Min­nesota, C Robin­son Cano, N.Y. Yan­kees,

2B Carl Craw­ford, Tampa Bay, LF David Price, Tampa Bay, SP

“The com­mand and how to pitch — these guys, they are def­i­nitely taught more and they can han­dle sit­u­a­tions bet­ter,” said NL man­ager Char­lie Manuel of the Phillies. “And I think that you’re go­ing to see that in the near fu­ture, they just keep get­ting bet­ter.”

The in­flux of young pitch­ing has caused a wave of turnover on the all-star ros­ters. Of the 16 pitch­ers on the Na­tional League ros­ter (in­clud­ing in­jured ones who won’t par­tic­i­pate), seven are first-time all­stars. On the Amer­i­can League side, 10 of the 18 pitch­ers are first-timers.

“Kids grow­ing up in the past wanted to be hit­ters. Now I think it’s cool to be a pitcher,” the Yan­kees’ Hughes said.

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