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It started to become clear to Graham Godfrey this week just how special this occasion was. His sparkling 8-0 record for Sacramento earned him the role of starting pitcher for the Pacific Coast League in tonight’s Triple-A All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Field. Where does this rank on his baseball career spectrum? Second only to his Major League debut with the Oakland A’s on June 10, 2011 in Chicago. “To be able to represent the PCL, it’s a great honor,” Godfrey said at the team workout Tuesday afternoon in Coca-Cola Field. “It’s something that’s important to me. I’ve worked pretty hard this year and to have it pay off in this way is really special and something I’m going to remember for a long time.” Godfrey will face off against International League starter Tyler Cloyd of Lehigh Valley. The two combined have a 16-1 record in Triple-A this season and look to set the tone for their respective all-star squads. The 27-year-old Godfrey said he will approach the start the same as any other, going through the lineup and taking any cues from his all-star teammates who have gone up against the IL foes. “There’s a number of guys who have been in the International League so they’re familiar with some of these guys,” Godfrey said. “Any knowledge is good for me and I’m going to make the most of that. Other than that it’s just throw strikes. … I’m not a big strikeout guy so I’m going to be counting on my defense and I’ve got a lot of confidence in them.” He enters the game with an unbeaten record in 13 starts for Sacramento with a 2.88 earned-run average. In four years at Triple-A, he is 26-10 with a 3.80 ERA. But his trips to the major leagues haven’t been as productive. He has been in 10 games with Oakland over the last two seasons. In eight starts, he’s just 1-6 with a 5.09 ERA. “To say that it’s not frustrating, I’d be lying,” Godfrey said. “It’s a tough pill to swallow when they say, ‘All right. This is your dream but you need to go back and work on some stuff.’ But I think our organization has handled it well. They always give me things to work on and I found that when I work on those things I do all right. That’s been the main thing, to keep your eye on the prize and have fun while you’re doing it.” Godfrey often used the phrase “have fun” while talking with reporters. Because while the mechanics are important — specifically his work on getting the ball down in the strike zone — his mental approach and confidence may be the biggest factors in his development. “I’ve worked basically my whole life, sacrificed so many things to finally get up there, it hits you pretty hard,” Godfrey said. “I’d probably say the biggest thing is having fun and realizing that I am good enough to compete at that level. … For me as long as I’m having fun that’s the key.” For Cloyd, 25, the season started with a whirlwind as he made his first Triple-A start on less than 24-hours notice. He was scheduled to pitch on Opening Day for Double-A Reading, but got the call the night before that he was needed for a spot start in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He threw six perfect innings that night. “It was a crazy night and crazy way to start the season,” Cloyd said. “I went up there, had a great start and it was great. ... My focus on every game is to try and go out and pitch the best I can to keep my team in games whether I’m in Double-A or Triple-A. That was my focus. I didn’t have much time to think about what was happening.” Cloyd went 3-0 in four starts with a 1.80 ERA in Reading before sticking with Lehigh Valley, where he is 8-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 14 starts. email: amoritz@buffnews.com