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New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will skip his scheduled start Saturday against the Pirates, making it even more likely he could start the All-Star Game.

Manager Terry Collins made the announcement before the Mets’ series finale Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants. He says a minor blister has recently bothered the young ace.

Harvey is a top candidate to start the All-Star Game for the National League next Tuesday night at Citi Field, the Mets’ home.

“No. 1, he’s thrown 130 innings and he’s going to be limited this summer,” Collins said. “Part of the reason is also his blister issue.

“We need to back him off and now is a good time. If he pitches in the All-Star Game he’ll be ready.”

Harvey, 24, is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and leads the league with league with 147 strikeouts.

Harvey said being ready to pitch in the All-Star Game didn’t have much to do with the decision to skip his next start.

“My goal is to finish a full season,” he said.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy will guide the NL team and hinted at the likelihood Harvey would start about a week ago.

Around the leagues

Right-hander Yu Darvish has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers and will miss the All-Star Game next week. Darvish has a mild strain in his upper back. Darvish leads the majors with 157 strikeouts. He has a 3.02 ERA. Darvish will fly back to Dallas on Thursday for further evaluation. … The Baltimore Orioles activated left-hander Wei-Yin Chen from the 15-day disabled list, less than a month after he was sidelined with a right oblique strain. The Orioles also recalled right-hander Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk to fill the role of long reliever. The moves came after the Orioles optioned pitchers Zach Britton and Kevin Gausman to Norfolk. … The Boston Red Sox added needed depth to its bullpen calling up right-handers Steven Wright and Pedro Beato. Boston optioned starter Allen Webster and reliever Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket

Giants pitcher faces sex charge

The lawyer for a San Francisco Giants pitcher accused of touching a woman’s breast at a Las Vegas hospital earlier this year says his client was ill at the time. Chad Gaudin, 30, was arrested Jan. 27 and charged July 3 with open and gross lewdness.

According to police reports, Gaudin appeared drunk when he approached a 23-year-old woman on a gurney at Desert Springs Hospital, told her she was gorgeous and touched her face and breast.

Ex-Pirates pitcher’s wife in jail

Police say the wife of former major-league pitcher Kris Benson is in jail in Smyrna, Ga., without bond after her husband accused her of threatening him with a gun. Police say Anna Benson, 37, was arrested Sunday on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and trespassing. Investigators say Kris Benson told police that his wife was wearing a bullet-proof vest and threatened him with a gun while she demanded $30,000. Police say she told officers she was a model testing the vest for a company.

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