Matt Harrison has fun despite rough inning

July, 11, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For four pitches, it appeared Matt Harrison's All-Star debut was going to be a good one. He retired the first two batters he faced -- Pablo Sandoval and Dan Uggla -- and was hoping to get Rafael Furcal and get back to the dugout.

But Furcal hit what Harrison said was a good pitch (closer Joe Nathan agreed, saying it was down and on the black of the plate) for a triple to right field. Pinch hitter Matt Holliday then singled the other way to score Furcal. Then Harrison made a big mistake to Melky Cabrera.

"That pitch was right down the middle and he hit a homer," Harrison said.

Cabrera was named the MVP of the game.

Harrison was disappointed he didn't pitch better, but he was pleased to play in the All-Star Game.

"They got to me, but I wouldn't trade this experience for anything," Harrison said. "It was a great time and I will definitely cherish this moment for a long time.

"This is the All-Star Game. It was my first time here. I gave up a couple of runs, but that's just the way it goes."
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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