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Friday, June 22, 2012
Atchison's case to be an All-Star

By Tony Lee

BOSTON -- Players in the Red Sox clubhouse were seen filling out All-Star ballots Friday. Players now choose much of the pitching staff and most of the bench for both leagues, complementing fan voting and selections by the managers. Boston will likely be represented at this year's Midsummer Classic by David Ortiz and perhaps Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Valentine was asked if one of his unsung heroes, reliever Scott Atchison, has a chance to make the team.

"I think he will get mentioned. I think he should get attention and mentioned," he said. "I'm not sure what [Rangers manager Ron Washington] is thinking, and whoever it is that picks that now. ... If you hit against him you would vote for him, I bet that."

After two scoreless innings and a win Wednesday, Atchison's numbers continue to sparkle. He is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA, which ranks him fifth among qualified American League relievers. He leads all AL relievers in innings pitched with 38 1/3. Twenty-one of his last 22 outings have been scoreless.