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WASHINGTON, D.C. - This might be a week old, but it got left out in all my travels up and down the East coast lately.

The Washington Nationals will send closer Matt Capps to Anaheim for the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Capps earned his first-ever All-Star appearance after a stellar first half of the 2010 season.

"To be able to represent the Washington Nationals and what that stands for -- not only for the city, but to the people in this room and the organization for the way they treated me -- it's an honor for me to do it," Capps said.

Capps ranks second in the majors with 23 saves this season in 27 opportunities and holds a 3.26 ERA. The 26-year-old holds a 3-3 record in 40 appearances on the hill.

Coverage begins Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FOX with pregame ceremonies prior to the first pitch.

Will the A.L. continue to rule home field for the World Series, or will the N.L. win its first All Star game since 1996?

AGATE: The last time the All Star Game was held in Anaheim, the A.L. won 5-3 in 1989.

The American League is 12-0-1 in the last 13 All Star games.

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