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June 30, 2012

Saturday's Rangers pregame notes: All-Star talk

Ron Washington has completed his American League All-Star selections, and feels good about his team. Doing it a second consecutive year helped, too, as Washington had a better idea of how to put it together.

"There were a couple of arguments, but it wasn't like it was last time," said Washington, who didn't reveal any of his selections.

Washington would like to get all of the players in the game, although he will try to win it if the AL has a lead late in the game.

Last year, the National League won the game, 5-1, given the league homefield advantage in the World Series. Washington is OK with the homefield rule, but said it had no impact with how last year's World Series turned out.

The St. Louis Cardinals won the final two games at home to clinch the series.

"Game 6 or 7 would have turned out differently if we would've made some pitches," Washington said. "Being in St. Louis had nothing to do with us having homefield advantage or not. ... We're in the World Series. Who cares? I think everyone knows why we lost. We didn't make pitches, and we didn't make a couple of plays."

Here are a few other pregame notes:

* Ron Washington said the team is comfortable with keeping Justin Grimm on the active roster for now as a long man. Grimm doesn't have any major league experience in relief, but does provide length in the bullpen.

* The Rangers have gone 18-9 in June, and manager Ron Washington isn't surprised by the impressive record considering the injuries that have hit the team the past six weeks. Six pitchers from the Opening Day roster are on the disabled list, but Washington expected his team to survive through that stretch.

* Yu Darvish said he didn't feel like he was worthy of an All-Star bid on Friday. "He was just being humble," Ron Washington said. "He's a very humble guy."

-- Drew Davison

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