Mariners pitcher Fernando Rodney will be added to the AL All-Star roster and replace the Tampa Bay Rays' David Price for the All-Star game this week, the team tweeted Saturday night.
Price was scratched from Saturday's start against the Blue Jays, a 10-3 win for Tampa, due to an illness and thus opted out of the All-Star game, because he is now starting Sunday against Toronto. Rodney, 37, leads the AL with 27 saves. The two-time All-Star has a 1.98 ERA this season. Once teammates in Tampa, both players represented the AL in the 2012 Midsummer Classic.
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Rodney now joins fellow Mariners Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seeger on the AL's active roster for the game this week. It's the first time the team has at least four players in the All-Star game since Ichiro Suzuki, Edgar Martinez, Jamie Moyer, Shigetoshi Hasegawa and Bret Boone represented Seattle in 2003.
The All-Star game is Tuesday in Minneapolis.