Haren, Peavy to start

BOB ELLIOTT

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

Right-hander Dan Haren of the Athletics starts tonight for the American League, while the National League will counter with Padres righty Jake Peavy.

Haren is 10-3 with a 2.30 earned run average, while Peavy owns a 9-3 mark with a 2.19 ERA. AL manager Jim Leyland selected Haren over Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia and Detroit's Justin Verlander.

ALL-STAR O-DOG

Orlando Hudson, a former Blue Jay now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, is making his first all-star appearance. He is hitting .297 with seven homers, 47 RBIs and has a whole bunch of ESPN web gems.

"We've got Chris Young, Steven Drew and Eric Byrnes," said Hudson, whose family flew in from Atlanta for the game. Arizona is 31/2 games behind the Padres in the NL West. "We're gonna be okay. I worry about the Dodgers. I like their catcher, Russell Martin, now he's a player.

"I loved my time in Toronto, I loved the city, my teammates, the fans. Only thing about Toronto I didn't like ... "

Hudson refused to elaborate.

HE HAD A FUTURE

Martin is the fourth Canadian to start an all-star game. The others were outfielders: George Selkirk, of Huntsville, Ont. in 1939; Jeff Heath of Fort William, Ont. in 1941 and Larry Walker of Maple Ridge, B.C. in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001.

Martin was catching in the Futures Game in Detroit two years ago. "There were a lot of things goings on, with Hall of Famers on the field, plenty of media," the East York native said. "But the all-star game, man, this is about 30 zillion times more things going on."


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