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Brewers send Braun and Fielder to next week's All-Star Game

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The Milwaukee Brewers will send their two top offensive weapons to next week's All-Star Game in St. Louis.

The fans elected Ryan Braun to start in the National League outfield a week from Tuesday in St. Louis.

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And NL manager Charlie Manuel chose first baseman Prince Fielder as a reserve behind the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, who was the top vote-getter.

Braun and Fielder will both be in their second Mid-Summer Classics.

Braun joins Robin Yount as the only Brewers ever to start in back-to-back years. Yount did it in 1982 and 1983.

For Fielder, it's his second All-Star appearance in three seasons. He ranks second in the National League in five offensive categories, including RBI's and on-base percentage.

Braun is second in the NL in runs scored. He was the top vote-getter among National League outfielders with just more than 4,138,000.

Pujols got 5,397,000 votes, the second-most in All-Star history.

There was also some buzz about Brewer pitchers Yovani Gallardo and Trevor Hoffman making the NL squad, but neither did.

Gallardo is third in the league in strikeouts with 114, but he's tied for eighth in wins.

Hoffman is tied for eighth in saves with 18. Former Brewer Francisco Cordero of Cincinnati got his first All-Star bid with 20 saves.

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