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Notes: Tanaka skipping All-Star festivities

BALTIMORE -- It is Masahiro Tanaka's right to take part in the All-Star break festivities, but Tanaka is going to pass.

"He is just going to do treatment," Girardi said. "He is not going to go the All-Star Game."

Why?

"He decided he wants to treat his arm and try to get ready," Girardi said.

Tanaka, who has a slight tear in the UCL ligament of his right elbow, will be out at least six weeks. Tanaka wouldn't do any harm by going to Minneapolis for the All-Star show, but he doesn't feel the need.

"For some reason, I think he eventually will be a part of it," Girardi said.

No starter yet: Girardi still doesn't know who will start Sunday. He said he will know after Saturday's game. Chase Whitley is the favorite.

Jeff Francis showed up Saturday. Francis said he could throw more than the 35-40 pitches that Girardi had speculated about Friday. Girardi said he would not want to push him to much further than that, though. ... Michael Pineda came through his 25-pitch bullpen on Friday without an issue, Girardi said.