Bucs send three to All-Star game

The final Pirates tally for the Major League Baseball All Star game is three representatives. That means the Pirates have three All-Stars in a season for the first time in 21 years.

Pitcher Kevin Correia was added to the roster on Sunday afternoon. He replaced Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who was removed from contention when he pitched eight innings.

"I'm excited," Correia said. "It's an opportunity that doesn't come around all that often. People took notice of what we're doing here. We have guys who were well-deserving of it. And I think we have some future All-Stars on this roster, too."

Correia joins teammates Joel Hanrahan, who was chosen via the players' ballot, and Andrew McCutchen, who Saturday was added to replace injured outfielder Ryan Braun of the Brewers.

In 1990, the Pirates sent Bobby Bonilla, Barry Bonds and Neal Heaton to the All-Star Game. Correia is the Pirates' first right-handed starting pitcher receiving an All-Star nod since Bob Walk in 1988.

The Bucs All Star trio is hoping to do something no Pirates player has done in two-years – actually play in the All Star game.

Outfielder Nate McLouth was the last one to see action in the game. In 2009, he had one hit in four at-bats in a 15-inning game at Yankee Stadium in New York.

"I'd like to be there for more than the (pre-game) introductions," said Hanrahan. "I'll be there to pitch. I'm sure that Kevin and Andrew feel the same way. Either way, I'll soak up the atmosphere for all it's worth. I'm excited about it."

"Yeah, I'd like to take a few hacks," McCutchen said. "That would be fun. We'll see what happens."

The All-Star selections were the first for all three players.

"To hear the uproar when Andrew didn't make the (initial) roster, to have Kevin with 11 wins ... it's outstanding. It means we're moving forward in the right direction. Pirates GM Neal Huntington said."

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