Even with NL's win, AL not sweating it
PHOENIX -- On All-Star Eve, honorary American League president Jackie Autry had explained away her league's loss in last year's Midsummer Classic by having a little fun at the expense of her NL counterpart, Bill Giles."Every once in a while," Autry said at Monday's pregame press event, "a blind pig finds an acorn. Because [Giles] was so forlorned, I had to give him at least one game. You're welcome." Manager Ron Washington had followed up this blusterous boast by proudly looking over his loaded AL lineup and laying fair warning upon his NL counterpart, Bruce Bochy. "All I can say," Washington had said, "is watch out, Bruce." Hey, in the decidedly tame world of All-Star taunting (sure, the game controversially counts for something, but any venom in this event is invented), these remarks -- tongue in cheek as they might have been -- qualified as bulletin-board-worthy braggadocio.
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