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Frieri finishes fifth as Darvish wins AL Final Vote

Frieri finishes fifth as Darvish wins AL Final Vote

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ANAHEIM -- The Angels' attempt to get another player to the 2012 All-Star Game went unfulfilled, as reliever Ernesto Frieri didn't win the MLB.com All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Firestone, losing to Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish.

The Angels already have four representatives for the upcoming Midsummer Classic in Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver, but a fan vote couldn't get Frieri to his first All-Star Game.

"The Rangers are one of the most popular teams right now, and obviously Yu Darvish ... that was going to be tough to beat," Frieri said. "I'm just glad that my name was invited. That means a lot to me. It means I'm doing everything right."

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In 24 1/3 innings with the Angels this season since being acquired from the Padres on May 3, the righty has an ERA of 0.00 with 42 strikeouts, while allowing just seven hits. He has gone a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities.

"Maybe there's a couple people disappointed about it, but that's how it is a game," Frieri said. "It's about the fans, and whoever has more voters is going to go."

Frieri hasn't heard from American League manager Ron Washington about getting a spot on the team yet, and joked, "I don't know if he knows who I am."

Relievers are often overlooked at the All-Star Game because their names aren't seen as much, he said. Even if a bullpen guy is having a good season, a starter is more likely to go, and Frieri doesn't have as big of a name as Darvish has been creating all season.

"They always want to talk about starters who have a lot of wins and a good ERA," Frieri said. "The last five guys, there were only two relievers against three great starters. It was going to be tough."

Now in its 11th year, the Final Vote gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team.

Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet, via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.

The 83rd Major League Baseball 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. Pregame ceremonies begin at 4:30 p.m. PT. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

Joe McIntyre is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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