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TinCaps Notebook: Guerrero all grins after All-Star game

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – Tyron Guerrero endured one mishap on Tuesday at the Midwest League All-Star game, though certainly not one of his own making.

When Guerrero's name was announced during formal introductions of players before the game, the public address announcer mispronounced Guerrero’s first name.

“Yeah, it’s OK,” Guerrero said. “I’ve got no problem with that.”

Guerrero did say he took special pride in having the opportunity to be in the same dugout as other accomplished players. Despite the Eastern Division’s 7-0 loss at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of West Michigan, Guerrero was left beaming from ear to ear.

“I've gotten a great experience here with a lot of great players from a lot of teams,” he said.

Meanwhile, fellow TinCaps reliever Nick Mutz felt the same way.

“I was having fun,” he said. “I just came in and got some outs. It was an all-around good experience to meet some of the other guys and experience the atmosphere.”

Guerrero and Mutz will stay in their hotel here, since Fort Wayne plays the Whitecaps to open the second half. That series begins Thursday.

FORGET TRADITION: TinCaps center fielder Mallex Smith was so irked by the possibility of his side being no-hit in the All-Star game that he planned to bunt when he came to plate in the eighth inning.

Smith’s speed often allows him to beat out bunts. However, in baseball’s unwritten rules, it typically is not considered fair game to bunt simply to break up a no-hitter.

“Who cares about etiquette?” Smith said. “Nobody cares about etiquette.”

The batter in front of Smith ended up singling to make the point moot.

SHARING IS CARING: Smith, who earned a chocolate cake, trophy and $200 prize for winning the pregame bunting contest, said he would share the cake with anyone who wanted a piece.

“I ain’t gonna share that money, though,” Smith said.

Meanwhile, he wasn’t sure what would happen to the trophy. Because Smith is flying to high-A Lake Elsinore early Wednesday, he had to leave the trophy with the TinCaps personnel on hand.