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Jordan Walden stays mum on ESPN appearance

7/7/2011

Angels reliever Jordan Walden got a call from team publicist Tim Mead just a couple of minutes before an interview with Doug Gottlieb on ESPN Radio on Thursday afternoon. Mead informed the rookie closer he had been picked to replace Yankees legend Mariano Rivera on the American League All-Star team.

But the league office hadn't yet released the news to the public, and Walden didn't bring it up during the appearance with Gottlieb.

"Right after I got done off the phone, they called back and said, 'We didn't know. Can he call us back?' " Walden said. "I was like, 'Sure.' "

Walden, 23, already was taking heat in the Angels' clubhouse. While he was discussing his selection with reporters, Angels manager Mike Scioscia walked by and said, "Wally, you've still got to go to team meetings."

* Scioscia got the team together before Thursday's game with the Seattle Mariners to find out which players were staying in town for next week's All-Star break. The Angels have an optional workout next Thursday afternoon at Angel Stadium before their trip to Oakland.

Here are lineups for Thursday, with Jered Weaver going for his 11th win and trying to sew up the starting bid for the All-Star Game:

Seattle

1. Ichiro Suzuki RF

2. Brendan Ryan SS

3. Adam Kennedy 1B

4. Justin Smoak DH

5. Dustin Ackley 2B

6. Miguel Olivo C

7. Kyle Seager 2B

8. Franklin Gutierrez CF

9. Carlos Peguero LF

Angels

1. Maicer Izturis 3B

2. Torii Hunter RF

3. Bobby Abreu DH

4. Vernon Wells LF

5. Howie Kendrick 2B

6. Erick Aybar SS

7. Mark Trumbo 1B

8. Peter Bourjos CF

9. Jeff Mathis C