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MLB All-Star Rosters Set for Tuesday's Game at NYC's Citi Field

By    |   Monday, 15 July 2013 08:24 AM

Major League Baseball has solidified its American and National league teams for the annual All-Star game in New York's Citi Field, and not a moment too soon with a record 39 first-time players dotting both rosters for Tuesday's contest.

The latest change came Sunday night when St. Louis Cardinal closer Edward Mujica was inserted into the roster for Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, according to SBNation.com. Wainwright started the Cardinals game on Sunday and ruled ineligible to compete.

Mujica (1-1, 2.27 ERA), who has converted 26 of 27 save opportunities this year, joins teammates Wainwright, Yadier Molina, Carolos Beltran, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig for a league topping six players. That should not come as a surprise with St. Louis owning a Major League-best 56-36 record through Saturday, according to SBNation.com.

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Because of the replacements, the Kansas City Royals placed three players on the All-Star team for the first time since 1988. Pitcher Greg Holland found out Saturday he would make his first roster, joining teammates Alex Gordon and Salvy Perez, according to the Kansas City Star.

He made the trip to New York on the owner's private plane with Gordon and Perez, said the Star.

"It’s exciting," Holland told the newspaper. "I thought about it a lot leading up to (the original announcement), and I didn’t get in. But I was so happy about Salvy and Gordo that it was easy to move on from (any disappointment)."

Holland filled the spot of Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, who started Sunday and cannot pitch in Tuesday's game.

Some, though, are not happy with all of the replacement players. The revolving door of All-Star replacements have left some to charge that players and managers are tarnishing the best professional league All-Star game, treating it more like a Little League contest, according to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times.

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"The other issue in play is that baseball is in a transition period when it comes to its stars. A sensational young crop is on the way in (Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Stephen Strasburg, et al), and a worthy cadre is either gone, on its way out or in steep decline (Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Chipper Jones, Albert Pujols). The sport is left with no larger-than-life superstar in his prime, like the NBA with LeBron James and the NFL with Tom Brady."

Here is a roster of the American League and National League, according to Major League Baseball as of Sunday afternoon:

American League starters
C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox

RHP: Grant Balfour %, A's
RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox
LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colon @, &, A's
RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox
RHP: Yu Darvish *, Rangers
RHP: Steve Delabar #,Blue Jays
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP: Greg Holland %, Royals
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma &, Mariners
RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians
RHP: Matt Moore @, Rays
RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP: Glen Perkins @, Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Chris Tillman %, Orioles
RHP: Justin Verlander &, Tigers

C: Jason Castro, Astros
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

National League starters
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Wright, Mets
OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP: Jeff Locke *, Pirates
RHP: Mark Melancon @, Pirates
RHP: Edward Mujica %, Cardinals
RHP: Sergio Romo @, Giants
RHP: Adam Wainwright &, Cardinals
LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann *, Nationals

C: Buster Posey, Giants
C: Brian McCann @, Braves
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
1B: Freddie Freeman ##, Braves
2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

Notes: * Chosen on player ballot, injured; @ Injury replacement; # Final vote winner; ## Final vote winner, injured; & chosen on player ballot, pitched Sunday; % replacing Sunday pitcher.

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