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Pirates’ Melancon Added To National League All-Star Squad

July 15, 2013

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon was among the players added to the National League squad for Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star game to be played Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York.

Melancon and several others were added to the two All-Star squads to replace injured players and pitchers who had started games for their teams on Sunday.  Among the players replaced was Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke, who was scratched from a scheduled Sunday start due to tightness in his back.  Locke will join the All-Stars in New York, but will not play on Tuesday.  He is scheduled to return to the Pirates’ rotation next Sunday.

Melancon is 2-1 with an 0.81 ERA in 45 appearances, primarily as a set-up man to Pittsburgh closer Jason Grilli, also selected as an All-Star along with teammates Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez.

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