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Friday, July 17, 2009
Angel All-Stars on not getting in

Bill Shaikin on a couple of All-Stars who didn't get to play: I don't get it. Is there now some policy prohibiting or discouraging mid-inning pitching changes? In the bottom of the eighth, Joe Nathan got into a spot of trouble, Ryan Howard was next up, and Fuentes was getting loose in the bullpen. Wasn't that the perfect time to get Fuentes into the game? Granted, it worked out -- for the American League, if not for Fuentes -- when Nathan struck out Howard. But why not make the obvious move there?

Looking at the box score, both pitching staffs were employed in exactly the same way: two innings for each starter -- even though Roy Halladay should have been lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the second -- and one inning apiece for seven relievers on each squad. Apparently that's the plan, to be altered only if someone gets into serious trouble. And by Joe Maddon's standards, Nathan didn't quite qualify.

Anyway, you have to feel for Fuentes. Here's a bit of happier news, from last-minute replacement Chone Figgins:

Spoken like a true All-Star.