By ANDREW GRUMAN
For the first time since 2005 the Milwaukee Brewers will be represented by just one player at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Left fielder Ryan Braun will be the lone Brewer headed to Kansas City for the Mid-Summer Classic, but for the first time in five years, he won't be starting.
Neck-and-neck with Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera for the final starting spot in the NL outfield, Braun was actually edged out for the final starting spot by Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Braun finished 107,005 votes behind Kemp. Melky Cabrera finished 1st with a surge in voting last week.
However, Kemp is doubtful to start due to an injury, Braun is likely to start in his place or as the NL's designated hitter.
The reigning National League MVP is hitting .313 with 22 home runs and 55 RBI this season.
Perhaps a bigger surprise than Braun not being elected as a starter is right-hander Zack Greinke not being named to the roster.
The 28-year-old former Cy Young Award winner is 9-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 16 starts for the Brewers in 2012, but was not chosen by NL manager Tony LaRussa.
Greinke also wasn't chosen to be one of the five players up for fan vote for the final All-Star Game spot. With no National League pitcher starting the Sunday prior to the All-Star Game, thus ineligible to pitch, Greinke's only hope to make the roster would be if one of the pitchers pulls out with an injury.
The last time the Brewers had just one representative in the All-Star Game was 2005 when Carlos Lee was the club's lone selection.