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Wright to replace Soriano on NL All-Star team07/11/2008 1:33 PM ET
Third baseman David Wright of the New York Mets will replace fan-elected starting outfielder Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs on the National League All-Star roster. N.L. All-Star manager Clint Hurdle of the Colorado Rockies made the announcement today in conjunction with Major League Baseball.
Soriano, who is currently on the disabled list, is unable to play in the 2008 All-Star Game but will attend the festivities. Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday, the All-Star reserve outfielder who received the highest vote total on the Player Ballot (461 votes), will replace Soriano as a starting outfielder for the National League. Wright, who had been a candidate in the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote, will be making his third consecutive appearance in the Midsummer Classic. Wright (.288, 17 HR, 70 RBI) was a fan-elected starter in 2006 and 2007.
The 79th Major All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. (EDT). The 2008 All-Star Game will be preceded by FOX's coverage of the 2008 All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade along Sixth Avenue in Manhattan at 7 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the 208 All-Star Game that will also be available on XM Satellite Radio, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. For the sixth consecutive year, the outcome of the All-Star Game will have an impact on postseason play, as the winning League in this year's All-Star Game will have home-field advantage in the 2008 World Series.
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