CINCINNATI - Last season, Dellin Betances was just happy to be here.

This year, the reliever would like to actually pitch.

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"Yes, definitely, I'm excited to get in there," Betances said Monday. "I'm excited to get my feet wet."

Betances, whom American League manager Ned Yost has indicated will get into the game, made the 2014 AL All-Star team but did not appear in his club's 5-3 victory.

The 6-8 righthander has been every bit as dominant as he was last year when he, to the surprise of just about everyone, emerged as one of the game's elite relievers. Betances enters the break with a 1.53 ERA and perhaps even more impressive, with 77 strikeouts in 47 innings.

"I have to pinch myself," Betances said of a second straight All-Star bid. "It's pretty surreal being here in the room with these caliber of players."