07/06/2003 10:38 AM ET
Guardado garners All-Star honor
Twins closer named to second straight All-Star Game
MINNEAPOLIS -- Unlike the first time he was named an All-Star in 2002, Eddie Guardado would rather forget the day he learned he became a 2003 All-Star.
Sunday was more bitter than sweet for Guardado, who gave up the game-losing, two-run home run to Shane Spencer in a 5-3 Twins loss to the Indians at the Metrodome.
Officials informed the left-handed closer after the game that he was going to U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago to represent Minnesota at the 2003 All-Star Game.
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
"I don't think I really deserve to go after my last two outings," said Guardado, who lost his previous outing Wednesday after giving two homers to the White Sox.
Guardado (1-4, 3.82) has recorded saves in 20 of his 22 chances this season. He was named to the American League team as a result of votes from Major League players, coaches and managers. He will also be the Twins lone representative at the Midsummer Classic.
"Somebody's got to represent the team, right?" Guardado said. "I don't know if it's congratulations for making the All-Stars or not."
"It was very nice, we're proud of Eddie," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's pitched his tail off this year. I'm disappointed a few other guys didn't get a chance. I think a couple of other guys deserved the opportunity."
Guardado broke in with Minnesota 1993 and is most tenured member of the club. He didn't become the full-time closer until last season when he recorded 45 saves to set a club record.
The Twins have lost six of their last seven series and have been in a free fall over the past few weeks. While he will likely enjoy spending the break in Chicago, he'd rather see his club get back on track.
"When they told me I made it to the All-Star Game, I wasn't really that excited because of the way we've been playing and I've been pitching lately," Guardado said.
In the 2002 All-Star Game at Milwaukee, Guardado struck out the two batters he faced. He is the first Twins pitcher to be named an All-Star in back-to-back years since former closer Rick Aguilera, who made three straight appearances from 1991-93.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This report was not subject to the
approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.