Mansfield's Jordan Walden takes it all in

July, 12, 2011
7/12/11
2:27
PM CT
PHOENIX -- Manfield product Jordan Walden, the Angels' closer, knows what an amazing year it's been for him.

The 23-year-old has 20 saves since being named the closer early in the season and has a 2.84 ERA. It's landed him here at Chase Field for tonight's All-Star Game and the rookie could see himself in a critical spot late in the game. He's here because the players voted Walden onto the team.

"This time last year I was in the Double-A All-Star Game," Walden said. "Everything happened so quick, from Triple-A to the big leagues, and three games into the season I was the closer. Now, I'm at the All-Star Game. I never thought this would happen."

Walden credited his club's defense for not only helping him, but helping the team win 14 of the last 17 games heading into the break, sitting just one game behind the Rangers.

"Those guys are getting to everything," Walden said. "When you have three center fielders out there, that's what happens. We have a lot of young guys coming up, too."

Walden expects the Rangers and Angels to fight it out for the rest of the season.

"We both have good teams," Walden said. "We have good pitching, they have good offense. We play them a lot coming up. I'm really looking forward to playing them. We play them 13 more times this season and 10 of them in Anaheim. They get to come to our ballpark."

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