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Youkilis over not winning Final Vote

Youkilis over not winning Final Vote

TORONTO -- After a day of dealing with not making the American League All-Star team, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis -- hitting .292 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs entering Friday's tilt against the Blue Jays -- said he's already over it.

"[Thursday] I was a little disappointed, but you have to move on and go out and play some ball," Youkilis said. "You can't worry about these things. It was out of my hands the whole time, and I'm thankful for all the great fans and all my family and friends that voted.

"They put up a good fight and that's a good thing -- you have to look at the positives."

Youkilis, who was not named to the AL roster initially, had the opportunity to win the Final Vote competition. Along with the Yankees' Nick Swisher -- who won the final spot -- Youkilis was up against the White Sox's Paul Konerko, the Twins' Delmon Young and the Rangers' Michael Young.

Unfortunately for Youkilis and Red Sox fans, the first baseman fell short, finishing runner-up to Swisher, who entered Friday hitting .307 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Youkilis was gracious in the wake of defeat.

"It's good he got in," he said of Swisher. "It's his first time and he's excited and I hope he has fun."

While Youkilis made All-Star appearances in 2008 and '09, Sox manager Terry Francona said he was worthy of a selection this time around.

"I just want all our guys to make it," Francona said. "I think Youk was very deserving. I think the Red Sox did a very good job of promoting him, but somebody has to lose. Unfortunately it was Youk, [but] it doesn't mean in my opinion he's any less deserving -- he's a pretty darn good player."

Despite the strong promotion for Youkilis' All-Star bid, Francona did not cast any votes.

"I didn't know how to," Francona said jokingly. "It doesn't mean I don't like Youk, I'm just not good with that stuff."

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