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McCutchen, Grilli, Locke, Alvarez Named to All-Star Game

McCutchen, Grilli, Locke, Alvarez Named to All-Star Game

Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Jeff Locke and Jason Grilli will all head to New York City as All-Stars. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates had four players named to the 84th All-Star Game at New York's Citi Field, the franchise's most since having four selected in 1981. The Bucs will be represented by two hitters and two pitchers, with three of the players making their first All-Star team.

Outfielder Andrew McCutchen earns his third-straight All-Star spot as a National League reserve outfielder. McCutchen entered Saturday ranked fourth among all NL hitters in Wins Above Replacement, combining his offensive abilities (4th among NL outfielders in OBP) with strong baserunning (18-23 stolen bases) and continued solid fielding in center coming off last season's Gold Glove campaign. At 26 years old, McCutchen is already becoming a staple of the Midsummer Classic.

Third baseman Pedro Alvarez powered his way to an All-Star debut with his 22 home runs tied for second ...

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