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Melancon gives Pirates All-Star quintet

Monday - 7/15/2013, 3:08am  ET

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Stars pose for a photo before a baseball game at PNC Park against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh on Sunday, July 14, 2013. From left relief pitcher Mark Melancon (35), center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22), starting pitcher Jeff Locke (49), relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39), and third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24). AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- The last time the Pittsburgh Pirates had five All-Stars, there was no designated hitter, baseballs were made of horsehide and the major leagues had 24 teams.

That was 1972, when Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Steve Blass, Al Oliver and Manny Sanguillen represented the defending World Series champions at the National League's 4-3, 10-inning win in Atlanta.

With the addition of reliever Mark Melancon as an injury replacement Sunday, the Steel City has a fab five once again. Seeking to end a record streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons, the Pirates are 56-37 at the All-Star break and contending for the NL Central lead.

"It's a great honor for our organization and shows how far we have come in the last few years," general manager Neal Huntington said.

Once viewed by the Yankees as Mariano Rivera's possible successor, Melancon was traded by New York, Houston and Boston in a span of 2
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