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Joey Votto, Nick Swisher win final All-Star roster spots.... Swisher? Really?

Some cynics, perhaps particularly in Boston, might say there was good news and bad news today on the All-Star front.

The good news: Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was chosen by fans for the final National League roster spot for Tuesday's game.

The bad news: New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher was chosen by fans for the final American League roster spot for Tuesday's game.

Votto beat out Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Atlanta Braves closer Billy Wagner. The Padres' terrific reliever Heath Bell had been in the mix before being named the replacement for the injured Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers.

Votto's numbers this season: 21 home runs, 59 runs batted in, a .588 slugging percentage and a .313 batting average. Yes, Votto got my votes.

Then there is Swisher. Well, for a career .250 hitter, he is having a fine season. But an All-Star? Let's look at his numbers: 14 home runs, 48 RBIs, a .518 slugging percentage and hitting .298. Hmmmm.

Swisher, with 9.8 million votes, edged out Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis in the tightest race in the nine-year history of baseball's so-called Final Vote. Swisher also beat out White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, Rangers third baseman Michael Young and Minnesota outfielder Delmon Young.

Konerko got my votes based on the season he is having: 20 home runs, 61 RBIs, a .556 slugging percentage and batting .296 (all these numbers are from 6 p.m. Pacific time).

But Youkilis' numbers are better than Swisher's too: 17 home runs, 55 RBIs, .574 slugging percentage and hitting .292.

Let's face it, Yankees fans simply beat out Boston's fans in online voting.

All for a guy who flopped in the postseason last year. Oooh, yes, let's not forget Swisher's postseason numbers from 2009:  1 home run, 2 RBIs and a .128 batting average.

-- Debbie Goffa


Lady Gaga not banned from Yankee Stadium after all

Gaga2_300 Gaga_300 Lady Gaga is a lifelong New York Yankees fan. That feeling may not be mutual after the outlandish pop star's antics at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.

After talking her way past security and into the Yankees' clubhouse after the team's loss to the New York Mets, Lady Gaga reportedly drank whiskey while wearing a bikini bottom and a pinstriped jersey that was unbuttoned to reveal her bra. Several Yankees, including Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez, visited with her.

The New York Post reported Sunday that Yankees Co-Chairman Hal Steinbrenner reacted by permanently barring her from the locker room.

But Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said Sunday: "She's not banned.

"That was the wrong time and the wrong place. It's been taken care of."

Cashman added it was "not her fault."

About two weeks ago, Lady Gaga was photographed making an obscene gesture during a Mets home game at Citi Field.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photos: Lady Gaga at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. Credit: Al Bello / Getty Images

Gentlemen, get your glasses: Yankees-Mariners to be in 3D in July

DirecTV and the YES Network that broadcasts most Yankees games, announced Wednesday that the Yankees-Mariners games of July 10 and July 11 from Seattle will be offered in a separate 3D telecast as well as the regular high definition form. 

This can serve as a little teaser for the MLB All-Star game from Anaheim, which also will be done in 3D on Fox July 13.

The Yankees-Mariners broadcast will only be available to customers in the YES territory of New York, Connecticut and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as FSN Northwest's territory of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and parts of Idaho and Montana. It will also be available to DirecTV subscribers.

Oh, and you will need a 3D television. And glasses. A quick check shows that for around $3,000 to $,4000 you could add an LG model, a Samsung model or a Panasonic model to your entertainment center. Seems as if you can even get one pair of viewing glasses free. If anyone else wants to watch, though, the glasses are extra. 

And if you "act fast," Samsung is offering its $350 3D starter kit (that kit, of course, doesn't include a TV) for free!

-- Diane Pucin

Angels' Bobby Wilson was out at the plate: 'I didn’t remember getting hit'

Angels catcher Bobby Wilson says he doesn’t recall anything about the home-plate collision with the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira that knocked him onto the disabled list Friday with a concussion and a strained left ankle.

“I didn’t remember getting hit,” he said. “The last thing I saw was Bobby [Abreu] throwing the ball. After that point, it was just pretty hazy for me.

“And then I just remember after coming off the field, asking the trainers like, ‘What happened? What went on?’ “

Wilson, who was wearing a soft boot on his left ankle Sunday, said he had several tests performed Friday and Saturday, including an MRI, a CT scan and X-rays. None of them showed serious damage.

But because Wilson sustained a concussion on a similar play during a drill early in spring training, the Angels placed him on the disabled list immediately as a precaution.

Wilson hadn’t spoken personally with Teixeira as of early Sunday, but he said he had no hard feelings toward his former Angel teammate.

“I know the kind of person he is. And I know his intent wasn’t to hurt me,” Wilson said. “It’s baseball. Next time it comes around, I’ll tell you I’m not going to back down. I’m not going to shy away from contact just because this happened.

“It’s part of the game and it is what it is.”

-- Kevin Baxter

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