Alfonso Soriano was as happy for Starlin Castro and Bryan LaHair making the All-Star team as his teammates were disappointed at him being left out.
``I'm very happy for Castro and LaHair because they deserve it,' Soriano said. ``They worked hard to be All Stars.
``I've gone seven times,'' he said. ``There are a lot of good left fielders out there and everyone has had good numbers.''
Manager Dale Sveum said Soriano's numbers--leading the National League in homers (15) since May 1--made him deserving.
``The outfielders who are going obviously deserve it, but what Soriano has done for us, going out every day and on those [sore] legs, and leading all of the league in homers since May--it's a tribute to a wonderful guy.
``You wish someone else would appreciate him,'' he added.
``I thought he would make it,'' Castro said. ``He's played very good.''
In addition to Castro and LaHair, first base coach Dave McKay will be part of the NL coaching staff, having been on the world champion St. Louis Cardinals staff under Tony La Russa last season.
BAT AND GLOVE
Anthony Rizzo's bat gets the attention--he collected his third game winning hit in Sunday's 3-0 victory--but his defense is above average and another plus for the team.
``He's the prototypical left-handed first baseman,'' Sveum said. ``It's the one position on the field really made for lefties for a lot of reasons.''
Rizzo showed range on Saturday in fielding a grounder in the third inning and throwing home to retire Astros second baseman Scott Moore trying to score from third.
``My go-to place is fielding,'' Rizzo said. ``It's something I pride myself on, to play well [defensively] all the time.''
Carlos Marmol has recorded saves in each of his last seven opportunities, including all three of the victories in the weekend sweep of the Astros. He has allowed only one earned run in his last 7 2/3 innings (1.17 ERA), walking five and striking out 13.
--Second round pick Duane Underwood, a pitcher from Pope High School in Marietta, GA, threw in the bullpen Sunday as president Theo Epstein and scouting director Jason McLeod watched.
Negotiations are continuing to sign first round pick Albert Almora, a high school outfielder from Florida, before the July 13 deadline.