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Jeff Locke (back) out of All-Star Game

Updated: July 13, 2013, 11:08 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke's back forced the issue of whether the lefthander would pitch in next week's All-Star game.

The Pittsburgh Pirates starter will miss Sunday's game against the New York Mets and sit out the midsummer classic due after his back tightened up during a 2-1 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.

"It hasn't happened before, that's why I'm speechless," Locke said. "I've never had anything pop up like this."

Gerrit Cole will start in Locke's place against the Mets and ...

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