Tyler Clippard, Alfredo Simon, and Tim Hudson added to National League All-Star roster

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Some late substitutions here for the National League All-Star roster …

Tyler Clippard owns a 2.03 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 40 innings this season. He’s replacing Jordan Zimmermann — who has a biceps strain — as the Nationals’ only participant in the All-Star Game.

Tim Hudson boasts an outstanding 2.83 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 18 starts this season at age 38. He is replacing Madison Bumgarner, who became ineligible to pitch in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game when he was named the Giants’ starter for Sunday afternoon’s first-half finale against the Diamondbacks.

Alfredo Simon finished his first half with a 12-3 record, 2.70 ERA, and 1.05 WHIP in 18 starts for the Reds after spending much of his career as a reliever. He’s filling in for Johnny Cueto, who started Sunday.

Video: Dexter Fowler robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of three-run homer

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Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.

Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.

The game had playoff implications on both sides. The win bumped the Cardinals’ hold on first place in the NL Central to 2.5 games while the Nationals’ lead over the Cubs and Brewers for the first NL Wild Card shrinks to just one game.

The Nationals will close out their final road trip of the regular season with three games against the Marlins before hosting the Phillies for five games and the Indians for three. The Cardinals, meanwhile, begin their final road trip of the regular season with four against the Cubs followed by three against the Diamondbacks before closing out the season at home with three games versus the Cubs.