Brett Cecil's appearance in Tuesday night's All-Star Game didn't last long, but it carried some Maryland significance.
The Toronto Blue Jays lefty struck out the only batter he faced -- Philadelphia's Domonic Brown in the seventh inning -- becoming the first former Terp to play in the midsummer classic since Yankees outfielder Charlie Keller in 1946.
Keller was selected to five All-Star Games in the 1940s. He started in 1940 and 1946, came off the bench in 1941 and was picked but didn't play in 1943 and 1947.
Another former Terp, Eric Milton, was selected for the 2001 game, but the Twins lefty didn't pitch.
Cecil, a 27-year-old Dunkirk native who went to high school at DeMatha, is 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA and 0.97 WHIP this season. The former starter has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this year for the first time in his career.
After he struck out Brown with one on and one out Tuesday night, his Toronto teammate Steve Delabar came on and fanned Buster Posey to get the American League out of the inning. The AL went on to win, 3-0, securing homefield advantage for the World Series.