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Were the Pirates Snubbed on the All-Star Rosters?

Were the Pirates Snubbed on the All-Star Rosters?

PITTSBURGH, PA -- Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan were both named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday for their second straight season. Both players have posted numbers worthy of the nominations.

McCutchen entered game action on Monday as the only player in the Majors with at least 15 home runs, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases this season. Hanrahan is just one of four pitchers in the Majors with at least 60 saves since the beginning of the 2011 campaign. He's notched already 20 this season.

But perhaps there were three others that got snubbed from the All-Star game. James McDonald, A.J. Burnett and Jason Grilli all posted numbers worthy of the recognition. McDonald entered game action with just a 2.44 ERA on the season. Over his first 14 starts, the right-hander didn't allow more than three runs in any start -- the only Bucco to do so since 1900. Burnett, too, set a franchise record becoming the first since Dock Ellis in 1974 to win eight straight starts. And in relief, ...

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