Pirates’ Marte makes All-Stars

AP Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte will appear in his first All-Star game on Tuesday in San Diego.

NEW YORK (AP) – San Diego pitcher Drew Pomeranz and outfielders Starling Marte of Pittsburgh and Jay Bruce of Cincinnati have been added to the NL All-Star team as injury replacements.

Major League Baseball also announced Saturday that outfielders Marcell Ozuna of Miami and Carlos Gonzalez of Colorado will start for the NL. They were the highest-ranked NL outfielders on the ballots picked by players.

The changes came after outfielders Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets and Dexter Fowler of the Cubs were injured and unable to play Tuesday night in San Diego.

Marte will join Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon as all-stars for Tuesday night’s game in San Diego. It is Marte’s first All-Star game.

Marte ranked eighth in National League hitting (.316), second in stolen bases (30), fourth in multi-hit games (31), tied for sixth in hits (99) and tied for second in outfield assists (nine).

Pomeranz will be at home at Petco Park as a replacement for Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who left Friday night’s start with arm fatigue.

Pomeranz is 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA for the host Padres. The 27-year-old lefty is a first-time All-Star.

Marte made his first All-Star team. He is among the NL leaders in hitting, steals and outfield assists.

Bruce is now a three-time All-Star. He had 18 home runs and 62 RBIs going into Saturday.

American League

NEW YORK – Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez has been picked to replace injured Boston closer Craig Kimbrel on the AL All-Star team.

AL manager Ned Yost of Kansas City announced the choice Saturday. The game is Tuesday in San Diego.

Kimbrel injured his left knee while shagging balls before Friday night’s game. He is expected to have surgery for a medial meniscus tear Monday and likely will be sidelined for three to six weeks.

Sanchez is 9-1 with a 2.97 ERA. He pitched five innings Saturday against Detroit and got a no-decision.

Sanchez is a first-time All-Star. He joined Blue Jays teammates Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Marco Estrada and Michael Saunders in being chosen for the AL side.