Alvarez added to Home Run Derby competition
Public agitation over Pedro Alvarez's snub from the Home Run Derby can end.
National League captain David Wright has named Alvarez to replace the Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez in the competition Monday at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
Gonzalez, who leads the National League with 24 home runs, has a sprained right middle finger and has withdrawn from the competition.
Alvarez, named to his first All-Star Game this year while tied for second in the NL with 23 home runs, will be the fifth Pirates player to compete in the Derby, joining Bobby Bonilla (1990), Barry Bonds (1992), Jason Bay (2005) and Andrew McCutchen (2012). He is one of three Pirates with 23 homers prior to the All-Star break. Hall of Famers Willie Stargell and Ralph Kiner are the others.
Alvarez, who hit 30 homers last season to finish fourth among Major League third basemen, will be returning to his native New York.
He is a 2005 graduate of Horace Mann High School in the Bronx.
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