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Kevin Correia replaces Cole Hamels on NL All-Star roster

Jul 10, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

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Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is on the mound this afternoon against the Braves and won’t be eligible to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. His replacement: Kevin Correia, of the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates.

Correia, 30, has gone 11-7 with a 4.01 ERA and 1.28 WHIP through 19 starts with the Bucs this season. Those are hardly All-Star numbers — especially when you look beyond the win total — but the rosters on both sides have been ravaged by injuries and it’s only appropriate that a member of Pittsburgh’s overachieving staff gets to go.

Correia was signed to a bargain two-year, $8 million contract this past December.

The news was announced Sunday by the Pirates’ official Twitter account. With Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan also headed to Phoenix, the Bucs boast three All-Stars for the first time since 1990.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Hamels was unbelievable again this afternoon. He might be the best pitcher in baseball. This is the Cole Hamels we Phillies fans have been waiting for. I say back the Brinks truck into his driveway and show him a pile of money.

    • nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      ABSOLUTELY! What an amazing game! Some of these bench players are showing some promise, too. And how about that last defensive play by Jimmy Rollins!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

        Yeah, Mayberry Jr. is making his case to stay up when Victorino comes off the DL. It was also good to see Martinez get some hits and play some good defense.

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