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07/10/11 12:12 AM ET

McCutchen selected to All-Star roster

PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen found out that he'd be heading to Phoenix as a member of the National League All-Star team just minutes before the 39,235 fans at PNC Park did on Saturday night.

When the scoreboard flashed the news that McCutchen had been named to the All-Star roster in place of injured Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, the crowd stood and cheered until McCutchen left the dugout to tip his hat to them.

"They showed their support, not only of me but of the team," McCutchen said. "They showed that they were behind me. Before they even found out, they still felt like I was an All-Star."

Braun was held out of the lineup for the seventh straight game on Saturday with a strained left calf. He had said earlier in the week that he would not play in the All-Star game should he be unable to play this weekend.

Now in his third season with the Pirates, at the age of 24, McCutchen holds a .292 batting average and an .893 OPS. He has also showcased some power, belting 13 home runs and 49 RBIs. He hit a solo home run on Friday to tie what would eventually be a 7-4 Pirates victory.

This will be McCutchen's first All-Star appearance.

"It's definitely a good feeling for me," he said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store."

The omission of McCutchen from the original All-Star roster became a point of controversy this week. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that everyone involved in the decision "whiffed," a statement that Giants manager Bruce Bochy, the NL's All-Star manager, said was "getting personal."

The two patched things up in a 15-minute phone call on Thursday, and Hurdle was happy to hear his center fielder's name called at last.

"We're so proud of him," Hurdle said. "He earned his way. We're proud of him and happy for him."

Laura Myers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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