Paul Konerko was chosen to replace injured Justin Morneau on the AL All-Star team Saturday.
Morneau will miss the game Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif., because of a concussion. The Twins’ slugging first baseman withdrew Saturday, following a doctor’s advice, and will return to Minnesota to rest during the break.
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, the American League skipper, selected Konerko to be Morneau’s replacement on the roster. The Chicago White Sox first baseman began the day batting .299 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI.
Morneau didn’t play Saturday, missing his third straight game, and won’t be in the lineup for the series finale against Detroit today.
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“If I can’t play for my team, I’m not going to be playing for the American League,” he said before the game.
Tigers bopper Miguel Cabrera will take Morneau’s starting spot at first base for the AL because he was picked by players to be on the team.
Morneau was accidentally kneed in the head by Toronto’s John McDonald on Wednesday. Morneau slid into McDonald while trying to break up a double play at second base. He walked off the field without assistance but didn’t return.
“I feel better, but the headache is still there,” Morneau said. “There’s no sense trying to do anything and set myself back two or three days.”
The four-time All-Star is hitting .345 with 18 home runs, 56 RBI and 25 doubles.
Michael Young got loud cheers while being recognized as the career hits leader for the Texas Rangers, and a few boos for the mention of his favorite NBA team.
In a pregame ceremony Saturday night, the Rangers presented Young with a team jersey with the No. 1,748 to signify the record number of hits, and an original painting by sports artist Vernon Wells, the father of the Toronto Blue Jays outfielder. His teammates gave him a framed Kobe Bryant jersey.
“I don’t know where we would be without him, and I don’t want to find out,” general manager Jon Daniels said before unveiling the Rangers jersey.
Young got his 1,748th career hit last month, passing Ivan Rodriguez for the record of the 50-year-old franchise that was the Washington Senators before moving to Texas in 1972.
Young is the longest-tenured Rangers player, now in his 10th season and playing his third position. He debuted as a second baseman, moved to shortstop in 2004 after Alex Rodriguez was traded and switched to third base last season.
REYES OUT FOR N.L.
Rafael Furcal was selected to replace Jose Reyes on the NL All-Star team.
Reyes will miss the game next week after his sore right side flared up in the seventh inning of New York’s 4-0 loss to Atlanta on Saturday.
Reyes was voted to the All-Star game by the players, meaning Furcal, who was the next highest ranking shortstop on the player ballot, gets the nod.