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Gallardo clears up ASG 'boycott' statement

Gallardo clears up ASG 'boycott' statement

ANAHEIM -- Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo on Tuesday backed away from comments attributed to him by the Associated Press, that he would "totally boycott" the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix to protest Arizona's tough new immigration law.

"They kind of got the words messed up," Gallardo insisted. "Basically, I meant to say that if I had that opportunity to go to Arizona, it's unfortunate that law is going on and I would stand behind the Latin community. I understand where they come from. I don't agree with the law."

But he would not necessarily boycott if he's asked to be an All-Star again, "unless something outrageous happens, something terrible."

"I understand the Players' Association is trying to do something about it," Gallardo said. "I need to stand behind them and see where it goes. ... A lot of the Latin guys, we don't agree with that law, and hopefully something can be done."

Gallardo wanted to make something else clear: It's an honor to be an All-Star, and he doesn't take the invitation for granted.

"Just to be a part of an event like this, it's amazing," he said.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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