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CINCINNATI -- Closer Aroldis Chapman was unavailable to pitch in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Brewers, in which Jonathan Broxton came on in the ninth for the save. Manager Bryan Price said that Chapman tweaked his right hamstring prior to the game.

Chapman said before Monday's series opener with the Cubs that the hamstring felt better and he would be available to pitch.

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Chapman, who went into Monday's game with 17 saves, a 2.55 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings pitched this season, was announced Sunday as one of four Reds All-Star selections and will be heading to the Midsummer Classic for the third time.

"I feel really happy because this was one of my goals during Spring Training," Chapman said through interpreter Tomas Vera of being named an All-Star. "Even more after my accident happened [in which he was hit in the face by a line drive back to the mound in Spring Training], it was a challenge for me to get back to the team; I joined the team and did what I did. It's a challenge, and it made me happy to be [selected to] the All-Star Game."

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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