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Dustin Pedroia out of All-Star game

Dustin Pedroia will not be the American League starting second baseman at this year's All-Star game because he will be with his pregnant wife who had labor complications earlier this week.

Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena has been chosen to replace Pedroia.

It's unfortunate for Pedroia, but it's a no-brainer. Pedroia has to be with his wife in these times and the All-Star game is just that -- a game. Let's hope everything ends OK with Pedroia, his wife and child.