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Five Dodgers Are Named All-Stars : Baseball: Four Angels and six Indians also chosen for July 11 game.

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Five Dodgers and four Angels were selected to the National League and American League All-Star teams announced Sunday. The game will be played on July 11 in Arlington, Tex.

Although National League Manager Felipe Alou of the Montreal Expos picked Chicago Cub first baseman Mark Grace over Eric Karros of the Dodgers as backup to Fred McGriff of the Atlanta Braves, who won the fans’ vote and will start at that position, Alou named the following Dodgers: pitchers Hideo Nomo and Todd Worrell, shortstop Jose Offerman and right fielder Raul Mondesi.

In addition, Mike Piazza, who has appeared in the All-Star game in all three of his major league seasons, was selected as the starting catcher by the fans.

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New York Yankee Manager Buck Showalter, who will pilot the American League team,selected Angel pitchers Chuck Finley and Lee Smith, along with two teammates making their first All-Star appearances: Gary DiSarcina, as the reserve shortstop to Cal Ripken Jr., and Jim Edmonds, a reserve outfielder.

The Cleveland Indians, running away with the American League’s Central Division, led all teams with six selections, and Showalter said, “I could easily have chosen a few more. I thought long and hard about [first baseman] Eddie Murray, [third baseman] Jim Thome and [undefeated relief pitcher] Julian Tavarez. It’s an obvious reflection of the type year Cleveland is having.”

Two Indians were selected by the fans as starters: second baseman Carlos Baerga and outfielder Albert Belle. The other Indians selected by Showalter were Kenny Lofton, who will replace injured Ken Griffey Jr., as the starting center fielder, pitchers Dennis Martinez and Jose Mesa and right fielder Manny Ramirez.

The fans also selected the injured and unavailable Ozzie Smith and Matt Williams as National League starters at shortstop and third base, but they will be replaced by Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds and Vinny Castilla of the Colorado Rockies. Controversies are inevitable when the starting lineups become a popularity contest among fans and managers must include a player from every team on their 28-man rosters.

Grace and Karros, for example, both have better statistics than McGriff, but Alou said he selected only one first base reserve because an overwhelming number of NL outfielders are having outstanding years and he found it impossible to delete any of the six, including Mondesi, that he selected to augment the starting outfield of Barry Bonds, Lenny Dykstra and Tony Gwynn.

He also said that on balance he needed a left-handed hitter (Grace) off the bench instead of a right-hander and that the Dodgers still had two more players selected than the Cubs. Karros is batting .314 with 14 home runs and 46 runs batted in. Grace is batting .343 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs.

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Karros said he was obviously disappointed--”I think my numbers are comparable to anybody in the league”--but it was a situation he couldn’t control and he’ll use the three days to get ready for the second half of the season.

“Maybe it will happen for me next year or the year after or four years from now,” he added.

Piazza said he was disappointed for the deserving Karros but thrilled to make it three consecutive times and to have the fans recognize what he has accomplished.

Conceivably, the NL could open with a Dodger battery of Nomo, who would be starting on five days’ rest, and Piazza.

Alou, who selected nine pitchers, said he would probably chose between Nomo (6-1) and Atlanta’s Greg Maddux (8-1).

Nomo, the first Japanese player to be selected to the All-Star game and a rookie who has rekindled the fan fervor of Fernandomania, said he was grateful for the honor.

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“I wasn’t pitching to be selected to the All-Star game,” he said. “I didn’t think I could come this far. I wasn’t thinking so much of results. I was satisfied with pitching.”

Said Manager Tom Lasorda:

“I sure thought Nomo would be selected with the kind of numbers he has. If they didn’t pick him, something was wrong.”

The selection was a comparable thrill for Worrell, who called it an exclamation point on his recovery from 1989 arm surgery and the inconsistency of the last two years.

“I’ve been trying to get back and throw the way I did before the surgery and this kind of brings it to a climax for me. I’m honored,” he said.

So was Smith, his bullpen counterpart with the Angels.

“To be 37 and be picked is awesome,” said Smith, who lives in Louisiana. “It’ll probably cost me a lot of money with all my kinfolk going down there, but that’s OK. I hope to get my dad [Willie, 63] to go. He’s been ill and hasn’t been getting around much lately.”

Showalter surprised many by picking Edmonds over teammate Tim Salmon and Finley (6-6) over Oakland’s Todd Stottlemyre (7-1).

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Referring to Finley, the Yankee manager said he thought the Angels were deserving of a starting pitcher based on their performance this year and that, in talking to managers around the league, he concluded that the development of Edmonds was a key factor in that performance.

He also said that if Chili Davis weren’t on the disabled list, he would have been been the choice in that slot.

Edmonds, whose 23-game hitting streak ended Friday, is batting .299 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs. Salmon is batting .295 with 15 homers and 38 RBIs. Kirby Puckett, a fan selection to start in the outfield, doesn’t compare. Puckett is batting .277 with 10 homers and 39 RBIs.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Edmonds, in only his second year. “Obviously, somebody out there took notice. I’m happy about that.

“The only thing I can think of is that having the streak helped. I’m thankful to whoever took notice of me and had enough courage or whatever to pick me.”

Finley and DiSarcina expressed similar emotions.

Said Finley: “I was totally surprised by this. My friends were saying, ‘You’re going to go, You’re going to go.’ I said, ‘Don’t even think about it.’ A couple of things here and there and I could have been 8-2. [But] to start 0-4 and be 6-6 and to be picked is something I didn’t even consider.”

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Said DiSarcina: “Even though I’m having a good year, I never even considered it. The All-Star game is for all the elite players, who bring the fans into the ballpark. To even think I’m in that company is an honor.”

DiSarcina will play behind Ripken, starting for the 11th year in a row and the leading vote recipient with 1.6 million. The All-Star turnout seemed to reflect the fan apathy. Griffey set a record by being named on more than six million of last year’s record 14 million ballots.

Only 5.8 million were cast this year, but baseball spokesman Jim Small said that total is consistent with years in which a sponsor hasn’t assisted in ballot distribution, as Texaco did at almost all of its gas stations last year.

He also said uncertainty surrounding the start of the season and its eventual delay affected printing and distribution of ballots, although fans could also vote through an 800 telephone number, the Internet and America Online.

Times staff writers Chris Baker and Elliott Teaford contributed to this story.

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BASEBALL ALL-STAR ROSTERS

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Starters C Rodriguez Rangers 1B Thomas W. Sox 2B Baerga Indians SS Ripken Orioles 3B Boggs Yankees OF Belle Indians OF x-Griffey Mariners OF Puckett Twins

Pitchers RH Appier Royals LH Finley Angels RH Hanson Red Sox LH Johnson Mariners RH Martinez Indians RH Ontiveros Athletics LH Rogers Rangers LH Wells Tigers RH Smith Angels RH Mesa Indians

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Reserves C Stanley Yankees 1B McGwire Athletics 1B Vaughn Red Sox 2B Alomar Blue Jays SS DiSarcina Angels 3B Martinez Mariners 3B Seitzer Brewers OF Edmonds Angels OF y-Lofton Indians OF O’Neill Yankees OF Ramirez Indians

NATIONAL LEAGUE Starters C Piazza Dodgers 1B McGriff Braves 2B Biggio Astros SS x-Smith Cardinals 3B x-Williams Giants OF Bonds Giants OF Dykstra Phillies OF Gwynn Padres

Pitchers RH Nomo Dodgers RH Green Phillies RH Maddux Braves RH Perez Expos LH Neagle Pirates RH Worrell Dodgers RH Slocumb Phillies RH Henke Cardinals LH Myers Cubs

Reserves C Daulton Phillies 1B Grace Cubs 2B Morandini Phillies SS y-Larkin Reds SS Offerman Dodgers 3B y-Castilla Rockies 3B Bonilla Mets OF Mondesi Dodgers OF Bichette Rockies OF Conine Marlins OF Gant Reds OF RSanders Reds OF Sosa Cubs x-injured, will not play; y-named to starting lineup.

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