Price, Rodney named AL All-Stars

UPDATE, 2:18: Both Price and Rodney were elected to the team on the players' ballot, and both were the last player chosen that way. Price was fifth, with 158 votes, behind Justin Verlander (258), Chris Sale (242), CC Sabathia (184), Jered Weaver (168). Rodney was third, with 119 votes, behind Jim Johnson (171) and Chris Perez (151).

 UPDATE, 1:38: Rays LHP David Price and RHP Fernando Rodney were named to the AL All-Star team today for the July 10 game in Kansas City.

Price, now a three-time All-Star, is 11-4, 2.92, currently tied for the AL lead in wins. He and the Mets' R.A. Dickey are the only pitchers in the majors with 11 wins and an ERA under 3.00.

Price left his last start on Friday with back tightness, but looked fine in throwing a bullpen session Sunday, and pitching coach Jim Hickey said he "absolutely, no question" should be able to make his next start on Wednesday, which should allow him to participate in the All-Star Game. There has been some speculation Price could be named the starter, as he was in 2010.

"Three All-Star games in a row, that's amazing,'' Rays starter James Shields said. "That's great. He deserves every bit of it.''

Rodney, who has not made an All-Star team previously, has 22 saves (in 23 chances), one shy of the major-league lead. His 1.04 ERA is fourth among major-league relievers, second in the AL. His 32 games finished are second in the majors. The Rays signed him as a free-agent after he had two down seasons with the Angels.

"He's been the heart and soul of the bullpen this year,'' Rays reliever Joel Peralta said. "He's done great, and he definitely deserves to be there.''

 

BREAKING: The Rays are hoping and expecting LHP David Price and RHP Fernando Rodney will be named AL All-Stars when the team is announced during a live show on TBS starting at 1 p.m. today.

Price, who would be a three-time All-Star,  is 11-4, 2.92, currently tied for the AL lead in wins. He and the Mets' R.A. Dickey are the only pitchers in the game with 11 wins and an ERA under 3.00. Price left his last start on Friday with back tightness, but looked fine in throwing  a bullpen session Sunday, and pitching coach Jim Hickey said he "absolutely, no question" should be able to make his next start on Wednesday.

Rodney, who has not made an All-Star team previously, has 22 saves (in 23 chances), one shy of the major-league lead. His 1.04 ERA is fourth among major-league relievers, second in the AL. His 32 games finished are second in the majors.

The game is July 10 in Kansas City.

 

 

 

 

 

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