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TWINS STAR WILL NOT PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAME

Times wires

DETROIT - White Sox 1B Paul Konerko was chosen to replace injured Justin Morneau on the All-Star team on Saturday.

Morneau will miss Tuesday's game because of a concussion. The Twins star withdrew Saturday on a doctor's advice and will return to Minnesota to rest during the break.

Yankees and AL manager Joe Girardi selected Konerko as his replacement. He entered Saturday hitting .299 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs.

Morneau didn't play Saturday, missing his third game, and won't be in the lineup today.

"If I can't play for my team, I'm not going to be playing for the American League," he said.

Morneau was evaluated Saturday by Kenneth Podell, a concussions specialist who consults with pro teams in Detroit.

Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera will start for Morneau because he was picked by the players to be on the team.

Morneau was kneed in the head by Toronto SS John McDonald on Wednesday while trying to break up a double play. 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."

Reyes also out

Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal will replace the Mets' Jose Reyes in the All-Star Game. Reyes has been hampered by a sore left side that limited the switch-hitter to batting from the right side.

And it flared up Saturday when he ranged far to his right to field a grounder near the outfield grass, turned and made a long throw to first for the out.

Reyes was voted in by the players, meaning Furcal, who was the next highest ranking shortstop on the players' ballot, got the nod.

Home run derby: Yankees RF Nick Swisher and Diamondbacks CF Chris Young were named the final competitors for Monday's event. They join: Cabrera, Brewers CF Corey Hart, Cardinals LF Matt Holliday, Red Sox DH David Ortiz, Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez and Blue Jays CF Vernon Wells,

Blue Jays: RHP Shaun Marcum, on the DL with right elbow inflammation is scheduled to throw a side session today with hopes of returning shortly after the All-Star break. Also, LHP Scott Downs (stiff neck) was not available and is day to day.

Indians: C Mike Redmond was designated for assignment. Redmond, 39, had appeared in just three games since June 8, and manager Manny Acta said the team wants to focus on its younger players.

Mets: 2B Luis Castillo, out since June 2 with a bruised right heel, is scheduled to begin a rehab stint at Class A St. Lucie today.

Orioles: C Matt Wieters (right hamstring strain) and LF Felix Pie (left quadriceps strain) sat a day after slipping on a rain-slicked field and are day to day.

Royals: RF Jose Guillen was the DH after missing two games with a strained left quad. But he limped into second on a fifth-inning double and left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. His status hasn't been determined.

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