Hudson, Simon, Street, Clippard join NL All-Stars

ASSOCIATED PRESSJuly 13, 2014 

MINNEAPOLIS -- San Francisco's Tim Hudson, Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon, San Diego's Huston Street and Washington's Tyler Clippard have been added to the roster for Tuesday's All-Star game at Target Field as the National League changed about one-third of its pitching staff.

They replace a quartet of pitchers who started Sunday: the Giants' Madison Bumgarner, the Reds' Johnny Cueto, the Padres' Tyson Ross and the Atlanta Braves' Julio Teheran.

Hudson, a four-time All-Star, is 7-6 with a 2.87 ERA, and Simon is 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA. Street has 24 saves and a 1.09 ERA, and Clippard is 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 43 relief appearances.

"It's a give and take. Obviously, I'm honored and happy in that sense," Clippard said before laughing and adding, "I'd like to go get some rounds of golf in, but I'll take one for the team."

Dozier prepares for Home Run Derby against Rockies: Brian Dozier played his own version of Home Run Derby against the Colorado Rockies, hitting two into the left-field seats.

Next up, the real thing -- in his home park.

Dozier hit his first career multihomer game to get cranked up for the derby and the Minnesota Twins beat the Rockies 13-5 on Sunday.

"A little momentum going into it," the second baseman said of Monday's contest.

At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Dozier doesn't exactly consider himself a basher of the baseball. But he lined a solo homer in the eighth off Adam Ottavino and added a three-run shot an inning later when Brooks Brown served him a 94-mph fastball.

Dozier's hoping he can carry that swing over to the contest. His brother is even flying in pitch to him.

"It's going to be fun," said Dozier, who has 18 homers this season.

However, he's not so sure he will even receive the biggest ovation at the contest even if it's at Target Field. He thinks the return of Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who came up with the Twins, will draw quite a few roars, too. Morneau also was picked to participate in the derby.

"That's going to be really exciting," Dozier said.

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