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Balfour headed to All-Star Game

A’s closer Grant Balfour has been added to the American League All-Star Game roster, the A’s just announced.

Balfour will take the place of teammate Bartolo Colon, who is starting today against the Boston Red Sox and likely wouldn’t have been tabbed by manager Jim Leyland as a result.

Balfour is the only closer in the league without a blown save this season. He has converted all 25 of his save opportunities this season and 43 in a row overall, an ongoing franchise record.

Steve Corkran