American League manager Joe Girardi caused some confusion when he said Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre was being replaced on the All-Star roster, but Beltre does indeed plan to play, the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin is reporting.
Girardi said Beltre would be replaced by Michael Young of the Rangers. Both Beltre and his agent, Scott Boras, said Beltre was planning to play despite an apparently minor injury to his left hamstring suffered in Sunday’s game vs. Toronto.
Amalie will have more on the topic shortly.
Update: Ubaldo Jiminez for NL and David Price for the AL are the starting pitchers.
Update: Bud Selig’s opening remarks. Honors “All-Stars Among Us” – people around the country who have performed extraordinary community service.
Update: Jackie Autry, the honorary president of the American League intriduced Joe Girardi.
Girardi’s AL lineup:
Ichiro Suzuki -RF
Charlie Manuel’s NL Lineup
NOTES: NL manager Charlie Manuel said he had a tough choice between Jimenez and Florida’s Josh Johnson, but ultimately went to Jimenez who has had an extraordinary season which includes a no-hitter . . . Manuel went with three middle relievers in Meek, Kuo, and Rhodes. Manuel said he went with two lefties in the bullpen because of the AL’s tough lefthanded hitters . . . Price said he needed to fail as well as succeed before he was able to enjoy the success he’s had this year. “I feel confident every time I go out there,” Price said. “I feel I’ve had consistency and the definition of a good pitcher is one who is consistent.” . . . Girardi said he’s all for the Home Run Derby, even though he was concerned about Robinson Cano participating. Girardi said Cano has had some lower back issues but ultimately it was Cano’s decision not to participate . . . Girardi on Price’s selection as starting pitcher: “David”s numbers speak for themselves. He’s the league leader in wins. He was on top of the player voting and he last pitched last Wednesday. He was deserving of the honor.”