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Astros have four 2004 All-Stars07/04/2004 7:00 PM ET
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros were hoping they would be well-represented at this year's All-Star Game, considering the event will take place at their home, Minute Maid Park. Their wish was granted. Major League Baseball announced the All-Star starters and reserves on Sunday, and three Astros -- Jeff Kent, Lance Berkman and Roger Clemens-- were selected to the National League team, and one -- Carlos Beltran -- was named an All-Star, but not named to the NL squad. Beltran's case is a unique one in that he was voted to the AL team by the AL players, but was traded to the NL. The league decided to honor him as an All-Star, but not name him to the NL team. That way he gets to participate in the All-Star activities, but doesn't take a deserving NL player's spot in the game. Kent was voted in by the fans as the starting second baseman, while Clemens and Berkman were selected by Major League players, who voted for an additional eight position players and eight pitchers (five starters and three relievers) in each league.