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Trevor Hoffman to replace Dodgers' Jonathan Broxton in All-Star game

Hoffman joins Pittsburgh's Zach Duke and Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena as players picked to replace All-Stars unable to participate in Tuesday's game.

July 13, 2009|Associated Press

Trevor Hoffman was supposed to take his sons fishing. Instead, they're all headed back to the All-Star game in St. Louis.

The career saves leader was a late addition to the National League squad, joining Pittsburgh pitcher Zach Duke and Tampa Bay first baseman Carlos Pena as players picked Sunday to replace All-Stars unable to participate Tuesday night.

Hoffman, 41, in his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers, will substitute for Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton, who has an injured toe.

"You relish the opportunity," Hoffman said. "You don't know how often these come along."

Duke also was added to the NL staff. He replaces San Francisco starter Matt Cain, who took a line drive off his right arm Saturday night.

Pena takes the AL roster spot of Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, elected by fans to start. His wife is seven months' pregnant and has been in the hospital since Monday because of complications.

American League Manager Joe Maddon of Tampa Bay said Toronto's Aaron Hill will start at second in place of Pedroia, last year's league most valuable player.

The addition of Pena means Tampa Bay's entire infield is on the team, including third baseman Evan Longoria, shortstop Jason Bartlett and second baseman Ben Zobrist.

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Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro does not have a concussion and hopes to be back in the lineup after the All-Star break. Navarro had tests at a hospital Saturday night after being hit on the side of his mask by a foul tip off the bat of Oakland's Jack Cust. Before Sunday's game with the Athletics, Navarro said he was a little sore near his jaw but otherwise was fine. . . . Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey had a setback with a wrist injury and will not make his scheduled start after the All-Star break.

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