Gagné only Dodger All-Star

Closer Eric Gagné is the only Dodger representative on the National League All-Star team, which was announced Sunday. Gagné becomes the first Dodger reliever to make three consecutive All-Star appearances. Gagné has converted all 21 of his save opportunities this year and 84 consecutively dating back to Aug. 28, 2002, a streak now being compared in difficulty to Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. Since Gagné's last blown save, there have been nearly 1,000 blown saves in the Major Leagues.

Gagné is one save shy of tying Jeff Shaw's Dodger franchise record of 129 and recently became the Majors' all-time Canadian-born saves leader. In mid-June, he saved four consecutive games and five of six. In addition to amassing 21 saves, Gagné is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA, 49 strikeouts and nine walks in 35 innings.

The 28-year-old Gagné is in his fourth full season in the Major Leagues, but only became a closer shortly after the 2002 season opened. He has converted 128 of 132 save opportunities for a record .969 percentage.

The Dodgers are disappointed that Adrian Beltré, Cesar Izturis and Paul Lo Duca were not chosen.

Beltré is the only player in the National League who ranks in the top 10 in batting, home runs and RBI, and his absence on the squad was a surprise. But St. Louis' Scott Rolen was elected the starting third baseman by fan voting, and Florida's Mike Lowell was elected the reserve by voting of the league's players, coaches and managers.

"There are a lot of good third basemen this year. "I'll get three days off to rest my ankle (bone spur), and that's good for the team. It's not a big deal to me."--Adrian Beltré.

Cincinnati first baseman Sean Casey, who was elected by player balloting, went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and won't play in the All-Star Game, an opening All-Star manager Jack McKeon will fill with a player of his choosing.