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Yanks stars vie for All-Star berths

Star-studded Yanks vie for All-Star berths

NEW YORK -- You could make the argument that Yankees fans have grown accustomed to seeing their All-Stars on a nightly basis, with every game showcasing players who keep their Midsummer Classic experiences in their back pockets.

But as balloting begins this month for the 78th All-Star Game, to be held on July 10, eight Yankees will be in search of votes and hoping to be tabbed for the trip to enjoy the festivities in San Francisco's AT&T Park.

Though five-time All-Star Jason Giambi has been working all season on his transition to a designated hitter, he's back on the ballot as a first baseman, looking for his first All-Star selection since 2004 and a chance to let the "Big G" roam again with leather.

While Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez -- who share 17 All-Star selections between them in their standout careers -- target reprises to their 2006 appearances, some teammates are hoping to end their respective droughts and bring their Yankees uniforms back to the celebration of the best in baseball.

Catcher Jorge Posada was a four-time consecutive All-Star from 2000 to 2003, but has not been selected since, and outfielder Hideki Matsui -- a two-time attendee -- has not been named since 2004.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans around the world will again have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster 2007 All-Star Final Vote. The vote will begin immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1.

Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game through the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

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Three players on the Yankees' ballot have never played in an All-Star Game as a Yankee -- second baseman Robinson Cano, who was selected last year but did not play due to injury; outfielder Bobby Abreu, who was a two-time National League All-Star; and outfielder Johnny Damon, a two-time All-Star who last saw action in 2005 as a member of the Red Sox.

In-stadium balloting begins on April 25 and concludes June 22, with each club planning to have 25 home dates in which to conduct punch-card distribution.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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