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Monday, June 25, 2012
Is Matt Harrison an All-Star?

By Jeff Caplan

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington will again skipper the American League All-Star team next month. That means he could have the final say-so on who does makes the team as a reserve.

Washington has until this weekend to turn in his selections. Starter Matt Harrison has one more start before then.

After the lefty notched his 10th win Sunday night against the Colorado Rockies to tie for the AL lead despite an outing shortened to five shutout innings because of lower back tightness, has Harrison put himself in contention in his manager's eyes?

Washington said you better believe it.

"He'll get a lot of consideration for me, but what I think Harry needs to do right now is concentrate on his next start," Washington said. "The All-Star Game will take care of itself, but how can you not consider Harrison? So I will consider him."

Harrison won his sixth consecutive game in the 4-2 victory over the Rockies. He allowed five hits and in three consecutive innings, he faced only three batters thanks to three 6-4-3 double plays.

On the season, the 27-year-old, ranks eighth in the AL in innings pitched (97.1) and 10th in ERA (3.24).

"My focus is I've got two more starts before the break and my focus is on those starts right now," Harrison said. "If it happens I'd be honored to go. It would be a big thing for me. It would be the first time ever going so if it happens it happens, if not, not."

Harrison, a reserved fellow, isn't the type to self-campaign.

"No, I mean I try to stay out of his office as much as possible," Harrison said. "If I'm going in there something's wrong. I know he's the manager and he makes the final decision on the extra guys coming to the All-Star, but hopefully what I do on the field speaks for itself."