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Castro enjoys first All-Star Game

Starlin Castro was ready to steal off the Angels' Jordan Walden because of his slow delivery to home plate. Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire

PHOENIX -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro enjoyed his first All-Star Game on Tuesday, and if you believe what other All-Stars say, it won't be his last.

Castro entered the game as a pinch-runner for starter Troy Tulowitzki, who had singled in the sixth inning.

The Cubs' star promptly stole second and third off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jordan Walden.

"They told me on the bench to be ready to steal right away," Castro said. "They said that because the pitcher was slow to home plate."

Walden eventually threw out Castro at home plate on a fielder's choice.

Brandon League struck out Castro in his only plate appearance.

"He made some good pitches on me," Castro said. "I never had seen a lot of these pitchers before."

Castro, who has hit over .300 since joining the Cubs on May 7, 2010, became the first Cubs shortstop to play in an All-Star Game since Shawon Dunston in 1990.

Castro made a throwing error in the ninth inning with one one out on Carlos Quentin's routine grounder. He later assisted on the game's final out, throwing out Paul Konerko at first.

"My arm was a little down," Castro said of the error, "so the ball just moved away from [Joey Votto]."

But that error didn't ruin the experience for the 21-year-old.

"It was fun," Castro said. "It was fun because I played with a lot of great players. It was real, real fun playing in my first All-Star Game."