ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - In this year of the pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez was a fitting pick Monday by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel to start for the National League in the All-Star game Tuesday.
"One of the great talents in baseball and he's a treat to watch pitch," Manuel said of choosing Jimenez over Florida's Josh Johnson. "This guy's 15-1. His record speaks for itself."
David Price (12-4, 2.42 ERA) of the Tampa Bay Rays was named the starter for the American League by New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Girardi is starting Evan Longoria of the Rays at third base, meaning Alex Rodriguez will come off the bench.
"Hopefully, I can come in in the middle of the game and get a big hit," A-Rod said.
Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard will be the National League's designated hitter and bat cleanup for his regular skipper, Manuel.
The NL will try Tuesday night to end a 13-year drought in baseball's Midsummer Classic.
There was some confusion, however, about Boston third baseman Adrian Beltre. Girardi announced Texas third baseman Michael Young would replace Beltre, who left Sunday's game at Toronto with a strained left hamstring, but Beltre worked out Monday afternoon and was deemed ready to go.