- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - Tampa Bay relief pitcher Rafael Soriano will replace New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera for the AL in the All-Star game.

Rivera pulled out of next week’s game in Anaheim because of nagging injuries. Major League Baseball added Soriano on Wednesday.

It’s the first All-Star selection for Soriano, who is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA and 23 saves in 24 opportunities this season.

The right-hander joins Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford and David Price in representing the Rays.

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