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New York Post, July 11, 2000

By George Willis

ATLANTA - Alex Rodriguez could have stayed in Seattle to recover from the concussion and leg injury that has sidelined him from this year's All-Star Game. Instead, he decided to make the trip here, not only to thanks the fans for voting him in as a starter, but also to root for his good buddy Derek Jeter, who will start in his place.

"I'll be cheering him on," said Rodriguez, who suffered a concussion while sliding into second Saturday to break up a double play. "I've brought my pom-pons and I'll cheer for him."

Yankees manager Joe Torre, who will pilot the AL All-Stars, said he selected Jeter to start over Red Sox Nomar Garciaparra because Garciaparra started last year's game in Boston. Jeter will bat second in the lineup, just ahead of Yankee teammate Bernie Williams, who will start in center field and bat third.

"I think it's a big thrill for a youngster to start the game," Torre said. "And I'm batting him high in the order because that's where he hits mainly. It's an easy decision because you know you're picking from prime stuff all the time and wonderful players. Wherever you happen to plug in players, it's really tough to go wrong."

This is Jeter's third All-Star appearance, but the first time he will start.

"It's a situation where there are so many deserving players that could start," Jeter said. "Maybe it's just my turn in the rotation."

Playing in the All-Star Game never gets old, he added.

"You don't take something like this for granted. It's a great couple of days and you enjoy it. I still feel like a little kid when I'm here."

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