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All-Star teams get replacements, including McCann for Freeman

11:18 PM, Jul 14, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) - Pittsburgh pitcher Mark Melancon (MEHL'-ehn-suhn) has been picked as a replacement for the NL All-Star team, giving the Pirates five players in the game for the first time since 1972.

NL manager Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) also selected Sergio Romo, his San Francisco Giants closer, as a replacement pick Sunday along with Atlanta catcher Brian McCann. Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke, Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, all on the original NL All-Star roster, are hurt and will miss Tuesday night's game at Citi Field.

Baltimore pitcher Chris Tillman, Kansas City closer Greg Holland and Oakland closer Grant Balfour were chosen by AL manager Jim Leyland (LEE'-lahnd) of Detroit to replace Tigers ace Justin Verlander, Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma and Oakland's Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN'), who all started Sunday.

In other All-Star news:

- Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has a thumb injury and he's out of the All-Star game.

- Matt Davidson of the Arizona Diamondbacks hit a two-run homer and the United States beat the World Team 4-2 in the All-Star Futures Game, baseball's annual showcase for top minor league prospects.

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