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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

All-Star Team Turns Into Home of the Braves

NEW YORK -- Those who claim the Atlanta Braves have the best pitching staff ever now have further proof. For the first time, four pitchers from one team were picked for the All-Star game.


Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Mark Wohlers were selected Tuesday by National League manager Bobby Cox, who just happens to manage the Braves.


"That's what the Braves have been about -- pitching,'' Cox said. "They've been doing it year after year. It's the same thing this year. If you look at the numbers, the ERAs, it shows what they're capable of.''


Smoltz (14-3) leads the majors in wins and has a 2.98 ERA for the defending World Series champions. Maddux is 8-6 with a 2.95 ERA and Glavine is 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA. Wohlers is fourth in the NL with 17 saves.


"You're not going to bring four pitchers without them putting up good numbers,'' Glavine said. "We've got the numbers, not just this year but in our careers.''


Atlanta, with six players, will have the largest group in Philadelphia on July 9 -- one more than Cleveland and Seattle. Fred McGriff was elected to start at first and third baseman Chipper Jones was chosen as a reserve.


Atlanta outfielder Ryan Klesko, who has 22 homers, was bypassed along with three other players in the top seven: Sammy Sosa (26), Henry Rodriguez (25) and Andres Galarraga (22).


"I thought I was going, but I'm not, so what can I do?'' Rodriguez said. "These things happen. Sammy Sosa's not going and he's leading the league in home runs. He must be disappointed, too.''


Baltimore outfielder Brady Anderson, who leads the majors with 29 home runs, was picked as an AL reserve and is likely to replace starter Ken Griffey Jr. The Seattle outfielder will miss the game for the second straight year because of a wrist injury.


Cleveland pitchers Jose Mesa and Charles Nagy, and catcher Sandy Alomar were picked as American League reserves, joining Indians teammates Albert Belle and Kenny Lofton, who were elected to start in the outfield.


"If we had 45 spots we would have got everybody on that deserved it,'' said AL manager Mike Hargrove of the Indians.


Infielders Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez, catcher Dan Wilson and outfielder Jay Buhner were picked as reserves from the Mariners and join the sidelined Griffey, the top vote getter in fan balloting. Rodriguez, 20, is the youngest player on both squads.


Other NL pitchers are Kevin Brown and Al Leiter of the Marlins, Pedro Martinez of the Expos, Steve Trachsel of the Cubs and Todd Worrell of the Dodgers.


The rest of the AL pitching staff includes Andy Pettitte and John Wetteland of the New York Yankees, Chuck Finley and Troy Percival of the Angels, Roberto Hernandez of the White Sox, Jeff Montgomery of the Royals and Roger Pavlik of the Rangers.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)