MILWAUKEE -- Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is an All-Star Game starter, after all.After falling just short in fan balloting, Braun was added to the National League's starting outfield on Tuesday when the Dodgers' Matt Kemp pulled out of the event with a hamstring injury. Braves third baseman Chipper Jones took Kemp's spot on the roster, and Braun took Kemp's spot in the starting lineup. Braun got the nod by rule, as the top vote-getter on the player ballot who was not voted to the starting lineup by fans.
A Brewers spokesperson said Major League Baseball confirmed Braun's "promotion," occurring just minutes after Braun belted a three-run home run in Tuesday's game against the Marlins at Miller Park. Braun leads the NL with 23 homers this season.Before this year, Braun had been voted to the starting lineup in each of the previous four seasons, though he missed the 2011 game because of a leg injury. He already is the only player in Brewers history to start three All-Star Games; now he is poised for a fourth.
Braun didn't have much to say about being inserted into the starting lineup after Tuesday's marathon 13-12 win over the Marlins, but he had previously mentioned that it's always an honor to be a part of the All-Star Game."I'm not even thinking that far ahead because we just played a five-hour game in 100-degree weather," Braun said. "Just thinking about tomorrow. [It's] pretty cool, though."
The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)/6:30 p.m. (CDT). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.