Halladay not upset with starting snub

BOB ELLIOTT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

NEW YORK -- Be upset all you want about Cleveland Indians lefty Cliff Lee getting the nod over Roy Halladay to start tonight's 79th all-star game. But Halladay wasn't.

"It just wasn't a priority to me," Halladay told reporters yesterday. "This is something to share with my kids and tell my grandkids about."

Asked about the AL dominance, Halladay cut off the reporter's question.

"I don't think the dominance is that great, I know I was on the hook for two losses," Halladay said.

He allowed three runs in the third inning in 2002 at Miller Park but the AL rallied against Eric Gagne and Trevor Hoffman. And in 2006 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh he allowed a run in two innings of work but the AL rallied in the ninth for a 3-2 win.

Warm up the Bus

Halladay and Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge will participate in the game knowing how critical the late Bus Campbell was to their development into two of the most dominating pitchers in the majors.

"In a situation like this you remember people who shaped your career, Bus is obviously a guy who had a great deal with my career," Halladay said.

Campbell worked with Halladay when the right-hander was 14, but never took money for his work. He continued as Halladay's mentor until his death this spring, always calling him "Leroy," Halladay's given name.

Praise for Ichiro

"I'd never say never," Chipper Jones said when asked whether anyone will hit .400 again. "Ichiro Suzuki has the best chance. If he threw in a few more walks he'd have a better chance. He had 238 hits last year and hit .356.

"It was fun talking about me hitting .400 for a while, but I think it's over for me."


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