Former Vanderbilt University slugger Pedro Alvarez was selected Saturday as a reserve on the 2013 National League All-Star team.
Alvarez entered Saturday ranked third in the league in home runs, tied for sixth in RBI (56) and 10th in slugging percentage (.507).
The Pirate third basemen hit his 22nd home run against the Cubs on Saturday.
He is also one of just seven different players in Pirates history to hit at least 21 home runs prior to the All-Star break.
Since the beginning of last season, the 26-year-old Alvarez is tied for second among all National League players with 51 home runs. Alvarez was also named to this year's team by player vote.
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