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Maddon campaigns for Rodney to be All-Star

Maddon campaigns for Rodney to be All-Star

Maddon campaigns for Rodney to be All-Star
ST. PETERSBURG -- Fernando Rodney has provided a huge boost to the Rays' bullpen this season, accruing 22 saves while blowing just one save opportunity entering Saturday.

TBS will exclusively televise the announcement of the 2012 American League and National League rosters Sunday at 1 p.m. ET during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. Rays manager Joe Maddon believes Rodney's name should be among those called on Sunday.

"I'd be really annoyed and upset if Fernando did not get there," Maddon said. "He's been as effective and consistent as any relief pitcher in the American League this year. There's been good [other relievers], but there's been nobody who's been better.

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"You can argue that some guys might have another save or two. But he's one of the guys who has nailed it. He deserves to be on that team."

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