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That’s why Odorizzi started the game _ giving up a solo homer to Jurickson Profor in his one inning of work _ and why Myers played all nine innings, going 2 for 4 and driving in three runs to help pace the U.S. team to a 17-5 victory over the World team.

“Since I’m the manager and the game is in Kansas City _ Wil is Kansas City Royals property _ he’s going to get a chance to show off a little bit,” Brett said with a smile.


ALL-STAR SUBSTITUTION: White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy replaced Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson on the American League roster for the All-Star game.

Wilson has been dealing with a blister on the middle finger of his left hand, and physicians recommended the two-time All-Star allow it to heal during the All-Star break.

He was already a fill-in for the Yankees’ CC Sabathia.

Peavy is 7-5 with a 2.85 ERA and has four complete games in 17 starts. The former Cy Young Award winner was a two-time All-Star with San Diego. He was traded to Chicago in July 2009, and will be making his first appearance for the AL All-Star team.


WEB GEMS: Dylan Bundy doesn’t get rattled very easily. That’s one of the many reasons why the Baltimore Orioles drafted the right-hander fourth overall last season.

Still, he was thrown for a loop during his first season as a professional _ at Delmarva in the South Atlantic League and Frederick in the Carolina League _ when fans began to pounce on him for autographs, and he realized just how many people are following his every move.

“It’s a little strange,” Bundy said, “to Google your name and see your face everywhere.”

The 19-year-old Bundy drew quite a bit of attention when he began his pro career with 13 hitless innings. And with the emergence of new technology, any Orioles fan anywhere in the world could get online and keep tabs on one of the organization’s top prospects.

“With all the social media and the Internet, people are aware of what these guys are doing,” said Royals Hall of Famer George Brett, who managed the U.S. team in the Futures Game.

“Nobody was aware of what George Brett was doing in Billings, Montana, in 1971. Nobody cared what I did when I was playing for the San Antonio Bees in 1972,” he said. “Now, you can get on the computer and find everybody’s stats. People are more into it.”


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