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Sabathia again will skip All-Star Game

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The New York Yankees always are well-represented at baseball's annual All-Star Game, but ace LHP CC Sabathia again will have to sit out this year's Midsummer Classic due to the groin injury that landed him on the disabled list on June 26.

Sabathia, who also skipped the All-Star Game the previous two years with minor injuries, said Sunday that he will attend the festivities July 10 in Kansas City, but he will not attempt to pitch in the game even though he will be eligible to come off the DL when the Yanks reconvene after the break. The lefty is 9-3 this season with a 3.45 ERA.

"No, I'm sure they'll shut that down," Sabathia, who was selected for the sixth time, said after Sunday's 4-2 win over Chicago. "But I'm definitely excited to make the team."

Three of Sabathia's teammates -- Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano -- were elected as starters for the A.L. squad in fan voting.

Jeter, who leads the American League with 97 hits through Sunday, will be making his 13th All-Star appearance and his seventh straight start.

"Anyone that tells you it gets old, they're lying to you," said Jeter, who missed the 2011 game with a calf injury. "I've always told you guys every time I've been selected that I appreciate going."

Cano, making his fourth career appearance, also is the defending Home Run Derby champion. He will captain the American League's derby entry, with participants to be announced later this week.
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