Jul 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) recats after the Seattle Mariners announced his selection to the 2014 All Star Game during the first inning between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Rodney Added To American League All-Star Team


On Saturday, Mariners fans got their wish as the American League leader in saves, Fernando Rodney will replace Tampa Bay starting pitcher David Price on the AL All-Star team as Price opted out of the game due to an illness.

Rodney, 37, is now a two-time All-Star. He and Price, who were then teammates on the Rays, both represented the AL in the 2012 All-Star Game. In his first year as a Mariner, Rodney has posted a 1.98 ERA and leads the league with 27 saves.

Rodney joins teammates Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager on the AL active roster.

And for those of you wondering if he will close the game for the AL and shoot his arrow into the Minnesota night sky, Rodney had this to say as reported by Greg Johns of MLB.com.

“I’m going to have fun. I’ll throw my arrow. No matter what inning I pitch, I’ll throw it.” — Fernando Rodney

The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15th. The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed.

ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

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