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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Congratulations were in order for Michael Young(notes) after Joe Girardi named him to the American League All-Star team on Monday morning.

Congratulations, though, quickly turned into apologies as MLB officials informed the Texas Rangers third baseman that he wasn't actually an All-Star and that he shouldn't get on a plane to spell Boston's Adrian Beltre(notes).

Whoops.

In a confusing little case that ended almost as quickly as it began, Young was named to the All-Star team when AL manager Joe Girardi announced at a press conference that he'd be replacing Beltre, who injured his hamstring on Sunday.

[Photos: See the mistaken All-Star in action]

But that came as news to Beltre and the Red Sox and Rangers beat reporters, who hadn't been told of the plan. After a little bit of sleuthing, it turned out that Girardi spoke too soon, because Beltre hadn't officially ruled himself out of the game. (Perhaps the New York Yankees manager was just automatically rattling off replacements after all the Sunday starters and injured players he's had to seek alternates for?)

MLB spokeswoman Phyllis Merhige apologized to Young and explained the mixup to the media:

"Clearly it was a communication misunderstanding. Michael Young is the next guy on the player voting, so if Adrian Beltre can't play it's Michael Young. But Adrian had said all along he was going to make a decision about how he felt. I don't know where Joe got it from. Maybe I miscommunicated it."

Beltre later said he'd be able to play, so Young won't have to fly in from Texas at the last minute. But not that he'll be too broken up about it. This would have been his seventh straight appearance, and six Rangers are already on hand to rep the AL West's first-place team. He said on Sunday that he was just looking forward to resting for once. 

Then again, Young would have made a $50,000 bonus had he actually been named to the All-Star game. Maybe his agents can request a prorated portion for the time that Girardi thought he was actually on the team? 

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