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Castro a ``star''

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Starlin Castro seems the most likely selection to represent the Cubs on the National League All-Star team, but Alfonso Soriano deserves consideration in manager Dale Sveum's opinion.
``Castro and Sori are the two guys who would be high on the list,'' he said. ``With [Ryan] Dempster being hurt, that's pretty much it.''
Castro's team-leading .301 average, his 200-hit season of 2011 and history as an All-Star last season would seem to be factors in his favor to represent the team again. His 93 hits lead all National League shortstops and his average ranks third behind Rafael Furcal and Jose Reyes.
``I think Castro is one of the young players who come around once in a while who can be as good as they want to be,'' Sveum said. ``The ceiling is high, and he can do things every day to help win ball games.'
Soriano is hitting .270 but has 15 home runs since May 15, leading the National League for that time span and tied for third most in baseball. No. 15 came in the sixth inning Friday off Houston pitcher Bud Norris.
But Soriano also has played better defense this season and is one of only three left fielders to have handled at least 100 total chances without an error this season. He has handled 123 chances leading into Friday's game, ahead of Arizona's Jason Kubel (106( and White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo (119).

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