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Detroit's All-Star Five

The American League All-Stars have been announced, and the Detroit Tigers are well represented with five players on the squad. With that number, the Tigers share the highest total of All-Stars on this year's team with the Red Sox. Both the Mets and Brewers led the NL roster with four players apiece.

Three Tigers were voted onto the starting lineup: Pudge Rodriguez at catcher, Placido Polanco at second base, and Magglio Ordonez in the outfield.

Detroit's lone reserve is shortstop Carlos Guillen, and Justin Verlander was named to the pitching staff. If Tigers fans had any problems with the All-Star lineup, I think you could circle Manny Ramirez making the team as a reserve outfielder instead of Gary Sheffield. Hopefully, we hear more on that later.

The candidates for the All-Star Final Vote haven't yet been revealed, but in an interview on TBS, Jim Leyland mentioned that Jeremy Bonderman will be one of the choices.

UPDATE: Bonderman is indeed one of the five choices fans can select for the online Final Vote. With no DH at a National League park, the final roster spot will go to a pitcher. The other choices for the AL are the Angels' Kelvim Escobar, the Jays' Roy Halladay, Hideki Okajima of the Red Sox, and the Twins' Pat Neshek.