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NEW YORK — Safeco Field is being redone in pinstripes for next week's All-Star game.

American League manager Joe Torre selected seven players from his three-time World Series champions for Tuesday's game in Seattle, including four of the pitchers on his 10-man staff.

"I don't apologize for taking seven Yankees," Torre said Wednesday in Baltimore, where the Yankees played the Orioles. "I think they all have numbers that make their choice appropriate."

Starters Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte were picked along with closer Mariano Rivera, setup man Mike Stanton, shortstop Derek Jeter, outfielder Bernie Williams and catcher Jorge Posada.

The Yankees are the first team with seven All-Stars since Atlanta in 1997 and the first AL team since Toronto in 1993.

Seattle's Freddy Garcia and Kazuhiro Sasaki were picked for the AL staff, giving the host Mariners six players on the 30-man roster.

The NL roster was more notable for its omissions than its selections: No Mark McGwire, no Ken Griffey Jr.

Both perennial All-Stars have been injured for much of this year.

San Diego's Tony Gwynn, injured for much of the past 1 1/2 years, was bypassed but invited as a special guest.

Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star, and Baltimore's Cal Ripken, a 19-time All-Star with his election to start at third for the AL, intend to retire after this season.

NL manager Bobby Valentine, like Torre, has nine first-time All-Stars. But has just two players from his defending NL champion Mets, including Mike Piazza, elected to start at catcher.

Completing the AL staff are Minnesota's Eric Milton and Joe Mays, Anaheim's Troy Percival and Toronto's Paul Quantrill, also a setup man. Torre didn't take Seattle's Aaron Sele (9-1) or Jamie Moyer (9-4).

Other AL backup infielders are Cleveland's Roberto Alomar, Detroit's Tony Clark, Oakland's Jason Giambi, Anaheim's Troy Glaus, Kansas City's Mike Sweeney and Minnesota's Cristian Guzman, a former Salt Lake Buzzman.

Chicago's Magglio Ordonez and Tampa Bay's Greg Vaughn also were selected as backup outfielders.

Valentine took 11 pitchers: Atlanta's John Burkett, Colorado's Mike Hampton, Arizona's Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, Chicago's Jon Lieber, St. Louis' Matt Morris, Los Angeles' Chan Ho Park and Jeff Shaw, Rick Reed of the Mets, Milwaukee's Ben Sheets and Houston's Billy Wagner.

Overlooked was Atlanta's Greg Maddux (9-5), who leads the league with a 2.38 ERA.

Florida's Charles Johnson is the backup catcher and may start because Piazza has a broken toe.

Selected as the reserve infielders were Sean Casey of the Reds, Ryan Klesko and Phil Nevin of the Padres, Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies and Albert Pujols of the Cardinals.

Backup outfielders include Moises Alou and Lance Berkman of the Astros, Brian Giles of the Pirates, Vladimir Guerrero of the Expos and Larry Walker of the Rockies.

Four Seattle players — first baseman John Olerud, second baseman Bret Boone, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and designated hitter Edgar Martinez — will be in the AL starting lineup, which also includes Ripken, Cleveland's Manny Ramirez, Texas' Alex Rodriguez and Ivan Rodriguez and Cleveland outfielder Juan Gonzalez.

Elected to start for the NL were Colorado first baseman Todd Helton, San Francisco second baseman Jeff Kent and shortstop Rich Aurilia, Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones, Piazza, San Francisco outfielder Barry Bonds, Chicago outfielder Sammy Sosa and Arizona outfielder Luis Gonzalez.