Webb replaces Fuentes, will make second All-Star appearance

NEW YORK -- Reigning Cy Young winner Brandon Webb of the
Arizona Diamondbacks will replace injured Colorado reliever Brian
Fuentes on the NL roster for the All-Star Game.

Brandon Webb


Starting Pitcher
Arizona Diamondbacks


Webb was 8-6 with a 3.27 ERA and tied for the third in the
league with 104 strikeouts going into Saturday night's start at

The All-Star game will be Tuesday night in San Francisco.

Webb played in his first All-Star game last season, pitching an
impressive inning in relief. He struck out Derek Jeter, retired
David Ortiz on a popup and got Alex Rodriguez on a grounder.

The right-hander was among five pitchers who were candidates for
the final NL All-Star spot in Internet voting. San Diego's Chris
Young won that balloting.

Fuentes, who has a strained back muscle, won his spot in player
voting. Webb was the top vote-getter among NL pitchers on the
player ballot who were not chosen.

The left-handed Fuentes is 0-4 with a 4.06 ERA and 20 saves. His
injury is expected to sideline him until after the All-Star break.

Fuentes recently lost his job as the Rockies closer after
blowing four straight save chances. He said he still plans to make
the trip to San Francisco to take part in the festivities.