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Seager has 'blast' as first-time All-Star

Dodgers rookie strikes out, makes error; Jansen records 3-pitch K in ASG debut
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SAN DIEGO -- Between the lines, Tuesday was a forgettable game for Corey Seager. He struck out in his only at-bat, committed an error at shortstop and got pulled for a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

But Seager wouldn't let the 0-for-1 and "E6" ruin his first trip to the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

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SAN DIEGO -- Between the lines, Tuesday was a forgettable game for Corey Seager. He struck out in his only at-bat, committed an error at shortstop and got pulled for a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.

But Seager wouldn't let the 0-for-1 and "E6" ruin his first trip to the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

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"I mean, you'd like to be a little better. But it was fun," Seager said after the National League's 4-2 loss to the American League at Petco Park. "It was a good experience for me."

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The 22-year-old Dodgers shortstop made the most of his first Midsummer Classic, taking part in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday before getting into the game Tuesday.

Dodgers rookie hits 15 homers in first round but outdone by Trumbo

Some rookies might be overwhelmed by the national stage of the All-Star Game, the spotlight of the Derby or the thought of sharing the field with the league's stars, young and old. Not Seager.

"It slowed down once the game started. The nerves went away," he said. "The Home Run Derby, that was my, 'Wow, I'm here.' That was a blast. The whole weekend was a blast. I keep saying that, but I can't stress it enough how much fun I had."

Video: HRD Rd 1: Seager jacks 15 homers in the first round

Seager replaced the Cubs' Addison Russell at shortstop in the fourth inning. The 42,386 fans at Petco Park didn't get a representative portrayal of Seager's ability, the raw talent that made him such a highly touted prospect and allowed him to hit .297 with an .879 OPS and 17 homers in the first half.

In his only at-bat, Seager lined up against Yankees setup man Dellin Betances in the seventh inning. He worked a 2-2 count, seeing one fastball and three curveballs, then went down swinging at a 100-mph fastball for the first out.

Seager couldn't handle Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo's hard grounder to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, but Pirates closer Mark Melancon shut down the AL's rally to keep another run off the board. With two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth, NL manager Terry Collins swapped out Seager for Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who struck out against Astros righty Will Harris.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen made his All-Star debut in the bottom of the eighth, striking out Orioles catcher Matt Wieters on three pitches, all cutters.

Video: 2016 ASG: Jansen whiffs Wieters to end the 8th

Before the game, the Dodgers' three All-Stars -- Seager, Jansen and Clayton Kershaw, who would have started if not for a herniated disk in his lower back -- were loudly booed by the crowd packed with rival Padres fans. All three waved as they were introduced, with Kershaw laughing slightly as he acknowledged the jeers.

Video: 2016 ASG: Dodgers get lukewarm reaction at Petco

Seager wouldn't let that reception -- or the NL's loss -- detract from the experience, either.

"I had a blast all weekend," Seager said. "You don't really take the game to heart. It was just a good time in general."

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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