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Fredi is All-Star game bound

Here is something you probably already know.

It has been a big year for the Marlins' Fredi Gonzalez, who fulfilled a longtime dream when he became a major-league manager.

Now, Gonzalez is off to the All-Star Game.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who is managing the National League team, named Gonzalez as one of his coaches for the 78th All-Star Game in San Francisco on July 10.

La Russa named Gonzalez to replace Mets manager Willie Randolph, who will miss the game because of shoulder surgery.

Congratulations Fredi!

In other news:

Logan Kensing, who had Tommy John surgery earlier this year, had hernia surgery Friday.

Center fielder Alejandro De Aza, out since April 18 because of a fractured ankle, will begin jogging next week, and outfielder Cody Ross, who is out because of a hamstring injury, is taking batting practice and is expected to return to the team in 2-2 ½ weeks.

After Friday's game, the Marlins sent left-handed reliever Taylor Tankersley to Triple A Albuquerque (N.M.) and recalled right-handed reliever Lee Gardner.

''We just want to see the same Tank we saw last year,'' Gonzalez said. ``He's going to Triple A and work on throwing strikes. I have all the confidence he can come back.''

Tankersley gave up four runs in the eighth inning Friday, lifting his ERA to 6.65.

Kensing can't buy a break.  It will be great if Cody is back that quickly, but I seriously have my doubts.

Really, the problem with Tankersley wasn't that he couldn't eventually find the plate.  It was when he did it was over the middle and up in the hitting zone.  In other words, his pitches were the equivalent of placing the ball on a tee.

Here's hoping he finds his groove in Albuquerque.