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Josh Harrison named to National League all-star team

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Harrison has been named a reserve for the National League in this month’s all-star game in Miami. This is Harrison’s second career all-star selection.

Harrison, 29, has been the rare pleasant surprise for the Pirates in 2017, posting a .289/.369/.449 line with nine home runs to go with plus defense at both second and third base.

Harrison saw significant, though somewhat expected dropoff from his monster 2014, when he went to his first all-star game. After that season he signed a prudent four-year, $27.3 million deal, with two team options included.

He’s hit fewer ground balls and more line drives, while getting hit by a career-high 18 pitches already.