Peralta, Youkilis added to AL All-Star squad

Peralta, Youkilis added to AL All-Star squad

Major League Baseball on Friday night announced several changes to the American League All-Star team and lineup. Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta and Boston third baseman Kevin Youkilis were added to the roster.

Peralta and Youkilis replace New York's Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, who earlier in the day announced they weren't going to participate in the game, citing injuries. Both replacements were named by Texas and AL skipper Ron Washington because Jeter and Rodriguez were fan-elected All-Stars.

Also, Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was named the AL starting shortstop in place of Jeter. Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre was named the starter in place of Rodriguez.

This is Peralta's first career All-Star selection, while Youkilis will be making his third career appearance in the Midsummer Classic.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.