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Montero, Kimbrel added; now up-to-the-minute All-Star rosters

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According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman, Miguel Montero has been added to the NL All-Star roster in place of Placido Polanco.  This after Pablo Sandoval was given the spot of Jose Reyes earlier today.

So, let’s compile an up-to-date set of All-Star rosters:

American League

Lineup
CF Curtis Granderson
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Jose Bautista
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
2B Robinson Cano
C Alex Avila

SP Jered Weaver

Pitchers
SP Josh Beckett
SP Gio Gonzalez
SP Alexi Ogando (replacing CC Sabathia)
SP Michael Pineda (replacing Justin Verlander)
SP Ricky Romero (replacing Jon Lester)
SP C.J. Wilson

RP Aaron Crow
RP Brandon League
RP Chris Perez
RP David Robertson (replacing David Price)
RP Jose Valverde
RP Jordan Walden (replacing Mariano Rivera)

Reserves
C Russell Martin
C Matt Wieters
1B Miguel Cabrera
1B Paul Konerko (Final Vote winner)
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Kevin Youkilis (replacing Alex Rodriguez)
SS Jhonny Peralta (replacing Derek Jeter)
OF Michael Cuddyer
OF Jacoby Ellsbury
OF Matt Joyce
OF Carlos Quentin
DH Michael Young

Will not participate
SP Felix Hernandez
SS Derek Jeter
SP David Price
SP Jon Lester (replacing Felix Hernandez)
RP Mariano Rivera
3B Alex Rodriguez
SP CC Sabathia (replacing James Shields)
SP James Shields
SP Justin Verlander

National League

Lineup
2B Rickie Weeks
DH Carlos Beltran
CF Matt Kemp
1B Prince Fielder
C Brian McCann
RF Lance Berkman
LF Matt Holliday
SS Troy Tulowitzki
3B Scott Rolen (replacing Chipper Jones)

SP Roy Halladay

Pitchers
SP Kevin Correia (replacing Cole Hamels)
SP Jair Jurrjens
SP Clayton Kershaw
SP Cliff Lee
SP Tim Lincecum
SP Ryan Vogelsong

RP Heath Bell
RP Tyler Clippard
RP Joel Hanrahan
RP Craig Kimbrel
RP Jonny Venters
RP Brian Wilson

Reserves
C Yadier Molina
C Miguel Montero (replacing Placido Polanco)
1B Gaby Sanchez
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
3B Pablo Sandoval (replacing Jose Reyes)
SS Starlin Castro
OF Jay Bruce
OF Andre Ethier (replacing Shane Victorino)
OF Andrew McCutchen (replacing Ryan Braun)
OF Hunter Pence
OF Justin Upton

Will not participate
OF Ryan Braun
SP Matt Cain
SP Cole Hamels
3B Chipper Jones
3B Placido Polanco
SS Jose Reyes
OF Shane Victorino (Final Vote winner)

We still don’t know who will start in place of Polanco or Braun for the NL squad or who will replace Cain on the roster. Technically, Cain won’t be officially scratched until after he takes the mound in tonight’s game. We also don’t know the NL starting pitcher or designated hitter.

6:05 p.m. EDT: The AJC’s David O’Brien says Braves reliever Craig Kimbrel will be the choice to take Cain’s spot on the roster.  An announcement should come soon after the Giants came starts at 8 p.m.

It also sounds like Rolen is going to get the start at third base over Sandoval.

6:30 p.m. EDT: I’ve adjusted the NL lineup with the confirmation that Rolen would start over Sandoval.

8:45 p.m. EDT: Kimbrel was confirmed as Cain’s replacement.

12:45 p.m. EDT: I’ve edited to include the starting lineups.

Gerrit Cole named Pirates’ Opening Day starter

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photograph during MLB spring training photo day on February 19, 2017 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Right-hander Gerrit Cole is set to take the mound for the Pirates on Opening Day, according to a team announcement on Saturday. It’s a spot that was most recently occupied by former Pirate Francisco Liriano, who made three consecutive Opening Day starts for the club before getting dealt to the Blue Jays last August.

The 26-year-old produced career-worst numbers during his fourth run with the Pirates in 2016, due in large part to bouts of inflammation in his right elbow. He finished the year with a 3.88 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 over 116 innings before getting shut down in September to avoid further injury to his elbow. When healthy, however, Cole has been lights-out for the Pirates. Prior to his injury-laden campaign last year, he touted a career 3.07 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 8.5 SO/9 and cumulative 10.2 fWAR from 2013 through 2015.

Cole will go toe-to-toe with the Red Sox during Boston’s home opener on Monday, April 3. Right-hander Jameson Taillon is scheduled to make the second start of the year, while fellow righty Ivan Nova will cover the Pirates’ home opener against the Braves on April 7. The Pirates’ third and fifth starters have yet to be announced.

Brett Anderson and Mike Montgomery could share Cubs’ rotation spot in 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01:  Mike Montgomery #38 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon hasn’t selected a fifth starter for his 2017 rotation yet, but told reporters that he could envision left-handers Brett Anderson and Mike Montgomery sharing the spot throughout the year. Neither pitcher was stretched out to the full 200-inning threshold last year, Maddon added, and suggested that the two could alternate innings out of the rotation and bullpen as needed (via MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat).

Anderson, 29, was acquired by the Cubs in January on a $3.5 million deal. He’s coming off a rough 2016, during which he underwent back surgery and missed all but 11 1/3 innings of his last season with the Dodgers. His last full, healthy year in the majors yielded a 3.69 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 5.8 SO/9 over 180 1/3 innings with Los Angeles in 2015.

Montgomery, meanwhile, is vying for a rotation spot after pitching almost exclusively from the bullpen during the second half of the Cubs’ 2016 run. The 27-year-old lefty put up a 2.82 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 over 38 1/3 innings for Chicago last year, returning in the postseason to post a 3.14 ERA during the Cubs’ championship finish.

Maddon also mentioned the possibility of throwing a sixth starter into the mix, which would help prevent his other starters from getting overworked too early in the year. Either way, Anderson and Montgomery are expected to get a lot of looks early in spring training as rotation spots are finalized in the weeks leading up to Opening Day.