Halladay, Weaver named All-Star starters

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay delivers a pitch to the Braves during NL action in...

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay delivers a pitch to the Braves during NL action in Philadelphia on July 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

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PHOENIX - Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay and Angels righty Jered Weaver have been selected as the starting pitchers for the 2011 All-Star Game at Chase Field.

National League manager Bruce Bochy of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and American League skipper Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers made the announcements at a Monday news conference, also laying out the starting lineups for each team.

Halladay, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, will be making his second start in the Midsummer Classic and first since 2009 while representing the Toronto Blue Jays.

"It's a tremendous honor for me. I'm looking forward to it," Halladay said.

In 19 starts, Halladay has compiled an 11-3 record with a 2.45 earned run average. He is tied with teammate Cole Hamels and Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia for second in the league in wins, one behind Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens, ranks fifth in ERA and second in strikeouts with 138.

Halladay will become the fourth pitcher in history to start an All-Star Game for both leagues, joining Vida Blue, Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson.

"I couldn't have a better guy to start the All-Star Game for us," Bochy said. "You talk about the elite pitchers in the game and you look at his numbers this year, and it's obvious he's very deserving. When you talk about the best, this guy is always at the top."

The last Phillies pitcher to draw the starting assignment at the All-Star Game was Curt Schilling in 1999.

Selected to his first All-Star game last season but ineligible to participate because he started the Sunday before, Weaver will be the first Angels pitcher to start in the annual showcase since Mark Langston in 1993.

"To share the mound with Halladay and the other pitches is a humbling experience," said Weaver, who has a record of 11-4 in 19 starts and leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA, one hundredth of a point lower than Jurrjens.

The lineup for the American League will open with Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson, followed by Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who is replacing New York's Derek Jeter. Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will bat third, with Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista slotted at cleanup.

Josh Hamilton of the Rangers will play left field and hit fifth, followed by Texas teammate Adrian Beltre, who is starting in place of injured New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Boston designated hitter David Ortiz will bat seventh, followed by Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila.

"All I can say is watch out, Bruce," said Washington about his AL lineup.

Bochy tabbed Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks to lead off for the National League, with the New York Mets' Carlos Beltran next as the designated hitter. Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp will hit third, followed by Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves will catch and bat fifth, followed by a pair of St. Louis Cardinals in right fielder Lance Berkman and left fielder Matt Holliday, who is replacing the injured Ryan Braun of the Brewers. Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen, both injury replacements for the Mets' Jose Reyes and the Phillies' Placido Polanco, will hit eighth and ninth, respectively.

Once again, the winner of the All-Star Game will give its league home-field advantage in the World Series.

The National League snapped a 13-game winless streak last year, posting a 3-1 victory at Angel Stadium.


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