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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 23, 2001

Voting gets under way for All-Stars

SEATTLE -- Fan voting began Sunday for the All-Star Game, to be played July 10 at Safeco Field.

Fans can vote at the 30 major-league ballparks, on the Internet starting May 2 and at stores starting May 7. Baseball said more than 12-million ballots will be distributed in foreign countries and Puerto Rico.

Fans pick the starting lineups except for pitchers and the NL designated hitter.

BREWERS: Right-hander Curtis Leskanic, the team's closer, was pulled from a game before the final out for the second time in three days Saturday. But that doesn't mean he has lost his job. "Curtis is in a little bit of a rut right now," manager Davey Lopes said. "He's having a little bit of a difficult time, but he'll bounce back."

D'BACKS: Left-hander Brian Anderson was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 12 because of continued back pain. He isn't expected to start until after Arizona begins a three-game series at Montreal on May 1.

DODGERS: Third baseman Dave Hansen (fractured left middle finger) began a rehabilitation assignment at Class A Vero Beach.

INDIANS: During pregame ceremonies, the team retired No. 455 to honor its major-league record sellout streak. ... First baseman Jim Thome's 236th career homer tied him with Manny Ramirez for second on Cleveland's all-time list. Albert Belle hit 242. ... Manager Charlie Manuel said right-hander Steve Woodard, nailed on the right elbow recently by a line drive hit by Frank Thomas, has begun playing long toss and is ahead of schedule.

METS: Third baseman Robin Ventura left in the eighth with tightness in his right hamstring. ... Right-hander Rick Reed's walk to the Reds' Dmitri Young in the first inning was Reed's first in 32 innings, dating to last season.

PIRATES: Right-hander Kris Benson (strained elbow ligament) is expected to throw 75 pitches off a mound early this week as he builds his arm strength back. ... Catcher Craig Wilson flied out in his major-league debut in the eighth. He was one of three Wilsons to play for Pittsburgh, joining Jack and Enrique.

RANGERS: Centerfielder Gabe Kapler was activated from the disabled list and was in the lineup against Oakland. ... Right-hander R.A. Dickey, the club's first-round pick in 1996, made his major-league debut with a perfect ninth.

ROYALS: Right-hander Jose Santiago, who was struck in the forehead by a line drive from Toronto's Brad Fullmer on Saturday, said he was fine and had no headaches.

WHITE SOX: Minor-league hitting instructor Gary Ward has been brought in to work with, among others, Frank Thomas, who is batting .246.

YANKEES: Shortstop Derek Jeter failed to catch a throw from pitcher Ted Lilly during a rundown, his fifth error of the season and second in two games. Jeter, who usually gives coach Don Zimmer his bat to rub for good luck, instead gave Zimmer his glove after Saturday's error.

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