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Nathan earns All-Star invitation
07/04/2004  7:00 PM ET
PHOENIX -- In one half of a season, Joe Nathan has gone from first-time closer to first-time All-Star.

On Sunday, the right-hander was named as the Twins representative to the American League roster for the 75th All-Star game July 13 at Houston's Minute Maid Park.

Nathan learned that he made the team from manager Ron Gardenhire while shagging fly balls before the Twins played the Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark.

"It's a good feeling," Nathan said. "It's going to be a lot of fun going over there and being around that atmosphere. To be on a team with players of that caliber, I think it's going to be an experience."