Report: Rangers LHP Rogers going to All-Star Game

DALLAS (Ticker) - Kenny Rogers apparently has no problem dealing with more cameras.

The Texas Rangers’ lefthander told the Dallas Morning News on Sunday night that he will participate in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Detroit.

Rogers’ participation in the Mid-Summer Classic had been in doubt since he received a 20-game suspension and was fined $50,000 by commissioner Bud Selig for shoving two cameramen before a game on June 29. One of the cameramen was sent to the hospital because of the tirade that included Rogers throwing a camera to the ground.

“People are going to do whatever they are going to do,” Rogers told the newspaper. “I’m going because I was voted in by the players and I earned it. I want the players to know their vote means a lot to me. I know how the players feel and if I thought it would benefit them if I didn’t go, I wouldn’t go.”

According to the report, Rogers’ biggest concern about going to the game was if he would cause a distraction for the other players.

The 40-year-old Rogers has been the anchor of the Texas staff this season, going 10-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 17 starts. He ranks second in the league in ERA behind Toronto’s Roy Halladay, who will miss the game with a broken bone in his leg.

In his first appearance at home since the incident, Rogers, who is appealing his suspension, worked seven strong innings and was cheered by the crowd at Ameriquest Field in Saturday’s victory over Toronto.

“Without a doubt it helped a lot,” Rogers told the paper. “I know I’ve got plenty of support here from my teammates. I don’t need the support from the outside.”

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Updated Sunday, Jul 10, 2005