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CC Sabathia an All-Star (for a minute)

All the worrying and debate is for naught.

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, tied for the major league lead in wins entering Sunday, has been named to the American League All-Star team, replacing Tampa Bay starter James Shields. Sabathia, however, will not travel to the game and he will be replaced by Texas starter Alexi Ogando. He is now a five-time All-Star and has made it twice with the Yankees in the last two seasons.

Sabathia is ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game because he is pitching Sunday against Tampa Bay.

When the original rosters were announced for the team on July 1, Sabathia, who is 12-4 with a 2.90 ERA, did not make the cut, despite having the most wins in the AL. Despite the snub, Sabathia didn't make a big deal out of his non-selection, telling reporters: "I thought I had a pretty good first half." Sabathia has booked a vacation in the Bahamas for the All-Star break, according to the Associated Press.

The southpaw is just the second Yankees pitcher to win 12 or more games prior to the All-Star break in consecutive seasons, joining Tommy John. He is just the fifth major league player in the past 20 years to do it, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Sabathia is the eighth Yankee who has been named an All-Star this season, joining catcher Russell Martin, second baseman Robinson Cano, shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, center fielder Curtis Granderson, closer Mariano Rivera and setup man David Robertson, who was also named to the team as a replacement on Sunday. Sabathia will join Jeter, Rodriguez and Rivera in the group of Yankees who will not play in the game.