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There is no guarantee a National will play in the All-Star Game. The NL’s plan for Tyler Clippard is to use him to end an inning in case one of the starters pitching one inning gets in pitch-count trouble. If that doesn’t happen, he may get saved for extra innings or lost in the shuffle.

It may not be ideal for Clippard, but in his first All-Star Game, it helped earn him a win. In 2011, he entered in the sixth inning with a runner on second to face Adrian Beltre.  Clippard allowed a single to left, but the runner was thrown out at home. When the NL took the lead in the bottom of the inning, he was in line for the win. “That’s how you do it,” he said.

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