Braun, Sheets NL All-Stars

Brewer outfielder Ryan Braun rallied to become a National League starter, finishing second only to Philly's Chase Utley in the overall NL voting.

Ryan Braun's campaign apparently succeeded, as Milwaukee fans pushed him from fourth among outfielders to the top of the heap and earning him one of three starting spots in the National League.

However, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that he would make the National League roster anyway.

That late rally pushed Braun past Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. and into second place overall behind Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, an amazing run for the second-year pro and reigning Rookie of the Year. Braun was joined in the starting outfield by Chicago teammates Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome, although Soriano's status wasn't clear because of him being on the disabled list.

Braun celebrated his upcoming trip to Yankee Stadium with his 21st homer in his first at-bat and three hits in Sunday's 11-6 victory over Pittsburgh. He is hitting .284 with 59 RBIs and hasn't made an error in left field this season.

Brewers ace Ben Sheets received his second straight and fourth career nod, which is second in Brewers history only to Cecil Cooper and Paul Molitor, who each went five times.

Sheets has a 10-2 record, which ties him for third place in the league in wins, and is third in the NL with a 2.77 earned-run average. He has struck out 97 in 117 innings covering 17 starts, including three complete games.

Meanwhile, right fielder Corey Hart is in the pool of five Final Vote players to get the extra spot for the NL, and fans can vote through July 10.

Hart is batting .296 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs.


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