ANAHEIM -- Colorado Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price have been selected as the starting pitchers for the 2010 All-Star Game at Angel Stadium.
National League manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies and American League skipper Joe Girardi of the World Series champion New York Yankees made the announcements at a Monday news conference, also laying out the starting lineups for each team.
Both starting pitchers will be the first from their respective clubs to start an All-Star Game.
Jimenez has had an incredible start to the 2010 season with a record of 15-1 and a 2.20 earned run average in 18 starts. He has already matched his victory total from last year and leads the majors in wins.
"It's a huge honour for me just to be here," said Jimenez. "I'm going to cherish the moment tomorrow. It's an honour to be in the clubhouse with all these stars."
The 26-year-old Dominican native threw the season's first no-hitter and the first in Rockies history on April 17 against Atlanta. He last pitched on Thursday against St. Louis and threw eight innings in a 4-2 victory, becoming the first National League pitcher to reach 15 wins before the All-Star break since Greg Maddux in 1988.
"He's a very talented guy," said Manuel, who indicated that Florida ace Josh Johnson was also considered. "We've got some real talented pitchers on the National League squad. He's 15-1 and his record speaks for itself."
Price has a record of 12-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Rays, who have the second-best mark in baseball at 54-34. He is tied for the American League lead in victories with New York's CC Sabathia and leads the league in ERA.
The 24-year-old Nashville native was the top overall pick of the 2007 draft after a standout collegiate career at Vanderbilt. He is the youngest to be leading either league in wins and ERA at the All-Star break since 23-year-old Scott Erickson for Minnesota in 1991.
"It's a definitely an honour," Price stated. "It hasn't set in yet. I'm very happy to be here."
The lineup for the American League will open with Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who will be followed by New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who is replacing the injured Justin Morneau of Minnesota.
Texas centre fielder Josh Hamilton will bat cleanup, with Rangers slugger and former Angels star Vladimir Guerrero next as the designated hitter. Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria will hit sixth, followed by Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Rays left fielder Carl Crawford.
"You look at numbers and how guys have performed," said Girardi when asked how he constructed his lineup. "We have quality RBI guys in the middle of the lineup and speed at the top and bottom."
Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez will lead off for the National League and will be followed by Atlanta second baseman Martin Prado, who is starting for the injured Chase Utley of Philadelphia. St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols will bat third, followed by Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, who was chosen by Manuel as the designated hitter.
New York Mets third baseman David Wright will hit fifth, followed by Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, Dodgers centre fielder Andre Ethier and Brewers' right fielder Corey Hart, who is starting in place of injured Atlanta rookie Jason Heyward. Yadier Molina of St. Louis will catch and bat ninth.
Once again, the winner of the All-Star Game will give its league home field advantage in the World Series.
The American League has won the last seven All-Star Games, including a 4-3 victory last year at Busch Stadium, and is 12-0-1 in the last 13 Mid-Summer Classics. The National League last won in 1996 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.