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Matt Holliday to replace Yadier Molina on N.L. All-Star roster


St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has been named by 2012 National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa to replace Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina on the N.L.'s active roster for the 83rd All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced today.

Molina, a four-time N.L. All-Star who was elected to the 2012 Midsummer Classic via the Player Ballot, is being placed on the family medical emergency list.

Because the top three catchers on the Player Ballot were already invited to the All-Star Game, Molina's replacement was determined by the manager in conjunction with Major League Baseball.  Holliday is now an All-Star for the sixth time (2006-2008, 2010-2012) in his career.  The 32-year-old entered Friday's play batting .318 with 14 home runs, 56 RBI, a .397 on-base percentage and a .526 slugging percentage in his 80 games played this season.

Other announcements regarding the All-Star rosters will be made as they become available.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10th.  The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed.  Pregame ceremonies will begin at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/7:00 p.m. (local).  ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game.  MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.  For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/2012.

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