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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 10:12am

Braves' McCann All-Star MVP, Team Trades Escobar

Atlanta Braves' catcher Brian McCann was named MVP of major league baseball's All-Star Game in Anaheim, California Tuesday night.

With the National League trailing 1-0, McCann ripped a bases-loaded double in the 7th inning, scoring 3 runs. That would hold for the final 3-1 score. For the National League, it snapped a 13-game losing streak against the American League. The NL-victory also gives the league home-field advantage in this fall's World Series.

McCann's double in the game was his first hit in five total All-Star at bats. He's been an All-Star for five straight years.

"As a kid, this is what you dream about when you play baseball. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. Tonight I was lucky enough to be in a situation to come through."

For the other All-Star Atlanta Braves, Martin Prado started at 2nd base. He had no hits in three trips to the plate. Pitcher Tim Hudson and infielder Omar Infante did not get into the game. Rookie outfielder Jason Heyward was voted as a starter, but did not play as he's been recovering from a thumb injury.

At 52-36, the Braves hold the National League’s best record at the All-Star Break. They resume their schedule Thursday night.

On Wednesday morning, the Braves announced the trade of young shortstop Yunel Escobar, along with pitcher Jo Jo Reyes, to the Toronto Blue Jays. In return, the Braves get three players, including veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez (also minor leaguers Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky).

On acquiring the 33 year-old Gonzalez, a major leaguer since 1998, Braves general manager Frank Wren says the trade improves the team for the second-half of the season. “We have been looking at ways to strengthen our club offensively and Alex Gonzalez is a proven veteran player who gives us added power. He is a winner and a solid offensive presence in the lineup as well as a quality defensive shortstop.”

Gozalez is batting .259, with 17 home runs and 50 RBI's.

Escobar leaves Atlanta as he was into his third full major league season. He's batting .238, no home runs and 19 RBI's.