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A string of All-Star subs, but still no Puig

Monday - 7/15/2013, 12:34pm  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) -- Seven new All-Stars and still no Yasiel Puig.

The rookie sensation from the Los Angeles Dodgers was left out again after a string of substitutes were added to the National League roster Sunday. But this time, fans were not responsible. Instead, it sounds as though Puig's ailing hip settled baseball's big debate.

"If a guy is hurt, it doesn't make sense for him to go," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Puig may not be headed to Citi Field, but plenty of Pirates are.

Pittsburgh reliever Mark Melancon was picked as a replacement for the NL squad, giving the Pirates five All-Stars for the first time since 1972. That year 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.

Now, 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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