McCutchen, Harrison and Watson Bucs All Stars

Major League Baseball announced that Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison and Tony Watson have been named to the National League team for this year’s All-Star Game in Minnesota.

It marks the first time since 1990-1993 that the Pirates will be sending multiple representatives in four straight years to the Midsummer Classic.

This is the fourth straight year McCutchen has been named to the All-Star team. He is the first Pirates position player to be named to four consecutive All-Star teams since Bobby Bonilla from 1988-1991. The 27-year-old McCutchen is also the first Pirates outfielder to be named to the All-Star team in four consecutive years since Roberto Clemente was named to four straight from 1969-1972.

"It takes us winning to get the recognition," McCutchen said following learning that he will play in his fourth All-Star Game. "We've done that the past couple years and we're doing a good job this year."

McCutchen led all National League outfielders with 4,519,440 votes and will become the first Pirates player to start an All-Star Game since Jason Bay in 2006 when the city of Pittsburgh hosted the game. McCutchen joins Clemente (1960-67 and 1969-72) and Ralph Kiner (1948-1952) as one of just three outfielders in Pirates history to represent the team in at least four consecutive All-Star Games.

Harrison, who was selected to the team by National League All-Star Manager Mike Matheny, is currently hitting .298 (67-for-225), 12 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 25 RBI and 33 runs scored in 72 games. The infielder/outfielder is the first utility player named to the N.L. team since Omar Infante while with Atlanta in 2010.

Harrison described his reaction to hearing he was an All-Star following today's game.

Watson ranks third among Major League relief pitchers with a 0.89 ERA. The 29-year-old Watson, who was also named to the team by Matheny, is the first Pirates left-handed reliever ever to be named to the All-Star team and one of 10 southpaws in club history to be named. Watson, who was selected by Pittsburgh in the ninth round of the 2007 First-Year Draft, has 103 strikeouts since the beginning of last year, which ranks fourth among National League left-handed relievers.

"I'm really proud to represent this team, represent the Pirates organization in the All-Star game," said Watson. "It wasn't something I was expecting, but I'm honored to even be in the conversation and now to know that I'm going feels tremendous."

McCutchen, Harrison and Watson will be joined in Minnesota by Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, who will serve as a coach for the National League, and Assistant Athletic Trainer Ben Potenziano.

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