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Tampa Bay Rays' David Price a contender to start All-Star Game Tuesday

CLEVELAND — American League manager Ron Washington hasn't made a decision but said Rays lefty David Price is "at the top of the list" of candidates to start Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Price (11-4), who shares the AL lead for wins and is fifth with a 2.82 ERA, said he would welcome the assignment, which would be his second in three years.

"Absolutely," he said. "I'd love to start that thing."

Washington, speaking on a Thursday conference call, said: "David Price is definitely a candidate. You have quite a few of them. I don't feel like you can go wrong. We're certainly in discussions in how we want to maneuver this. We've had some options that we've put together, threw some options out there, and we just haven't come to a final conclusion on it yet. David Price is certainly at the top of that list."

Other starting candidates include Matt Harrison from Washington's Texas team, who is 11-4, 3.10; Los Angeles' Jered Weaver, 9-1, 2.13; Detroit's Justin Verlander, 9-5, 2.58; and Chicago's Chris Sale, 10-2, 2.19.

Also in Price's favor: He will be on full rest, having last pitched Wednesday, as did Verlander. Sale last pitched Tuesday. Harrison pitched Thursday. Weaver pitches Saturday.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

Tampa Bay Rays' David Price a contender to start All-Star Game Tuesday 07/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 5, 2012 11:21pm]
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