Stephen Strasburg won't be headed to Anaheim for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, but Nats closer Matt Capps will.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked about if Strasburg was even considered on the TBS All-Star Selection Show and Manuel raved about Strasburg's talent, but thought that there were some 18-20 game starters that deserved a shot this season. Manuel said that he loves to watch Strasburg pitch and the rookie would take care of his All-Star selection in years to come.
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So Capps is currently the lone Nats All-Star representative this season. There is one more spot on each team that is up to a fan vote.
Capps, earning his first All-Star selection, is on pace to set a career record for saves and has been clutch for Washington this season, including Saturday night when he kept the Mets off the board after inheriting two runners in the ninth. Capps has 22 saves in 26 chances and has 32 strikeouts against 7 walks in 36.2 innings this season.
As for the rest of the All-Stars, David Wright overtook Placido Polanco in the final week of voting to be the National League's starting third baseman.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols was again the leading National League All-Star vote-getter. AL MVP catcher Joe Mauer is top vote-getter overall for the July 13th game.
The other NL starters are: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina; Phillies second baseman Chase Utley; Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez; and Millwaukee's Ryan Braun, Los Angeles' Andre Ethier and Atlanta's Jayson Heyward in the outfield.
Other AL starters: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Justin Morneau, Evan Longoria, Vladimir Guerrero, Josh Hamilton, Ichiro Suzuki and Carl Crawford.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report