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Predicting MLB All-Star Game Replacements for Injured, Unavailable Players
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There should be an open spot for A's closer Grant Balfour.

Ballots are cast and votes are tallied. The 2013 AL and NL All-Star teams have been selected but not completed.

There were many stories, surprises and snubs during this season's All-Star voting process. 

Baltimore slugger Chris Davis was the top vote-getter, receiving 8,272,243 votes, and will be one of three Orioles to start the All-Star Game along with shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder Adam Jones.

Rookie sensation Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers was left off the NL roster but collected 842,915 write-in votes, the most since Freddy Sanchez received 856,685 in 2007. He'll have one more chance to make the cut on the Final Vote ballot.

Six Detroit Tigers made the AL roster to lead the American League while the St. Louis Cardinals will send five players, tops in the NL. There were four All-Star selections from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the most since 1991. Yet there are only four representatives total from first-place teams the Athletics, Braves and Diamondbacks.

There may be respite in the near future for some teams and players who felt cheated out of a spot as replacements will be made in the next week or so. Let's take a look at the likely possibilities.  

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