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All-Star break offers players rare respite

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SEATTLE -- There is no player who does not benefit from the four-day All-Star break, even those heating up as the first half ends.

"If people have experienced this, especially from a player's perspective, the grind of the season, it's insane," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's been like that for 130 years. It's just the way it is.

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SEATTLE -- There is no player who does not benefit from the four-day All-Star break, even those heating up as the first half ends.

"If people have experienced this, especially from a player's perspective, the grind of the season, it's insane," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's been like that for 130 years. It's just the way it is.

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"Travel is becoming more and more complicated, especially on the West Coast. These guys need a break. Any time it comes, it's definitely important to these player to mentally exhale a little bit. Then get back for what we hope will be a pennant race."

The same can be said on the other side of the diamond. Mariners manager Eric Wedge echoed the sentiment.

"Everyone needs it. It's a long season," Wedge said. "It's a combination of mental and physical. Depending on who you are, you need one more than the other."

Bob Sherwin is a contributor to MLB.com.

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