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Friday, July 07, 2006

Garner, Guillen make wise choices

In filling injury-made holes in their All-Star rosters, managers Phil Garner and Ozzie Guillen chose wisely.

Garner selected his ace Roy Oswalt to replace Pedro Martinez while Guillen took his former White Sox outfielder and current Detroit Tiger Magglio Ordonez after Manny Ramirez decided his knee was too sore to play.

Oswalt has won only six games and you can make an argument for either Milwaukee's Chris Capuano or San Diego's Chris Young being more deserving. But Garner wouldn't be managing the NL stars if not for Oswalt's otherworldly NLCS performance against St. Louis last season (2 wins, 1.29 ERA, including the Game 6 clincher).

Guillen picked Ordonez despite a feud between the two in which Guillen called Ordonez a "Venezuelan piece of ----." Ever the diplomat, Guillen said "it's nice to have another Venezuelan on the team." The feud, by the way, is now settled.


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