Defining Doc

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

ANAHEIM — As a Blue Jay, Scott Rolen could put his tongue as firmly in his cheek as well as anyone in club history, save for maybe Mike Flanagan.

Asked Monday afternoon about to describe how great Roy Halladay is, the same Halladay who had held Rolen and the Cincinnati Reds scoreless for nine innings Saturday, Rolen answered:

“Lazy. Lethargic, Needs better work habits. No, seriously, he’s one of the best starters in the game.”

NEXT?

A year ago, Halladay attended an all-star day news conference in St. Louis and every question was a variation of:

“Will you approve a trade to ...?”

Vernon Wells was asked if the man at the table beside him — teammate Jose Bautista, the American League home run leader — could be on the move before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

“He could be,” Wells said matter of factly. “I know Alex (Anthopoulos, general manager) is trying to make moves to make things better.”

What make Bautista attractive to teams is that he would be an upgrade for teams looking for help in the outfield -- such as the San Diego Padres — or someone needing help at third base.

Looking back

Only four players remain active since the 1996 all-star game in Philadelphia in 1996, the previous time the National League won: Lefty Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez both of the Yankees, Atlanta’s Chipper Jones and Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez of the Washington Nationals. In the ’96 game, a 6-0 NL win, Ken Caminiti and Mike Piazza homered for the NL, while Joe Carter, the Jays lone representative, singled in his only at-bat.

There were four Hall of Fame members in that game: Tony Gywnn of the San Diego Padres, Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles, Wade Boggs of the Yankees and Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Third time round

This is the third time the all-star game has been played in Anaheim. In 1989, Bo Jackson, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Boggs homered in a 5-3 AL win, and in 1967, the NL won 2-1 on a Tony Perez homer in the 15th. Earlier, Richie Allen of the Phillies and Brooks Robinson of the Orioles also homered.

Unbeaten streak

The AL’s unbeaten streak stands at 12-0-1, however, the NL leads the all-time series 40-38-2.

No. 17

Etobicoke’s Joey Votto becomes the 17th Canadian to play in an all-star game. Canadians are fifth behind the Dominican Republic (62), Puerto Rico (36), Venezuela (32) and Cuba (22).

Up Next

Tonight: David Price (12-4, 2.42), Tampa Bay (AL), faces Ubaldo Jimenez (15-1, 2.20), Colorado (NL), 8 p.m., SNO.


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