Tampa Bay Rays
Verlander, Cain to start in All-Star game
KANSAS CITY - Detroit's Justin Verlander will start for the American League in Tuesday night's All-Star game against San Francisco's Matt Cain. Manager Ron Washington chose Verlander for the AL over David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, who started the game two years ago, as well as Chris Sale of the White Sox and Jered Weaver of the Angels. As the All-Stars return to Kansas City for the first time since 1973, the AL's batting order has Derek Jeter leading off and playing shortstop, followed by Yankees teammate Robinson Cano at second base, Texas left fielder Josh Hamilton, Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista, Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder, Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre, Boston designated Hitter David Ortiz, Texas catcher Mike Napoli and Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson. The NL has Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez leading off as the DH, followed by San Francisco center fielder Melky Cabrera, Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto, St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran, Giants catcher Buster Posey, San Francisco third baseman Pedro Sandoval, Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla and St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal.The Rays are represented in the game by Price, 6-2 with a 2.71 ERA, and closer Fernando Rodney, who has converted 25 of 26 save opportunities, including Sunday's 7-6 win over the Indians in Cleveland. Braun, who finished fourth in NL outfielder voting, takes the place of the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. Verlander, the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, is 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA. He is the first All-Star starter who has won Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP. Cain, 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA, pitched a perfect game against Houston on June 13. He was picked over the Mets' R.A. Dickey, who is 12-1 but throws a knuckleball that could pose a challenge for Posey.
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