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Rizzo embraces Strasburg as All-Star

Rizzo embraces Strasburg as All-Star

WASHINGTON -- Even though Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is on an innings limit, general manager Mike Rizzo said the club would allow the right-hander to play in the All-Star Game if he was selected. The Midsummer Classic is being played in Anaheim on July 13.

Rizzo said he would not worry about how many innings Strasburg would throw in the game. After three games, Strasburg is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA with 32 strikeouts, which is tied for third on the team behind reliever Tyler Clippard and right-hander Livan Hernandez.

"The most a pitcher would go [in the All-Star Game] is for two, three innings," Rizzo said. "Whatever they would need him to do, we would make sure that he does it because it's an honor to play in it, it's an honor to be asked. It's a way for the National League to win the game and give the National League the extra game in the World Series.

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"We would be honored that he would be an All-Star and he would certainly play in the All-Star Game. I would love it. If [Phillies manager] Charlie Manuel or MLB feels he is one of the best players in the league and he should be on the All-Star team, he would earn it and deserves it. I would embrace it."

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