Mark Melancon has been one of the NL's best relief pitchers in 2013. (Photo by: David Hague)
Pirates reliever Mark Melancon was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement, chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy.
"I'm very humbled and excited to go," Melancon said. "This is just a really cool moment. It takes your teammates to get to this game."
Melancon owns an NL-reliever-best 0.81 ERA during his first season in Pittsburgh. Jason Grilli's setup man is second in the league to the Pirates closer with a 1.62 reliever FIP. The 28-year-old was not originally selected to the NL team but found out Saturday he would be traveling to New York to participate in his first All-Star Game.
"These last 24 hours have been cruising by fast," Melancon said.
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