For the first time since 1981, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had four of their players selected to the National League All-Star team.
Third baseman Pedro Alvarez (22 HRs), center fielder Andrew McCutchen (.303 average), and pitchers Jeff Locke (8-1; 2.12 ERA) and Jason Grilli (28 saves, 2.15 ERA) have been selected for the mid-summer classic, to be played July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
Among the successful 2013 Pirates who were not chosen for the team was relief pitcher Mark Melancon (2-1; 0.85 ERA).
The Pirates entered the week of July 8 with a 53-34 record, tied with St. Louis for first place in the NL Central Division, and for the best record in the league.
National League All-Star Starters:
C - Yadier Molina, St. Louis
1B - Joey Votto, Cincinnati
2B – Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati
SS - Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado
3B - David Wright, New York
OF – Carlos Beltran, St. Louis; Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado; Bryce Harper, Washington
American League All-Star Starters:
C – Joe Mauer, Minnesota
1B – Chris Davis, Baltimore
2B – Robinson Cano, New York
SS – J.J. Hardy, Baltimore
3B - Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles; Adam Jones, Baltimore; Jose Bautista, Toronto
DH – David Ortiz – Boston