Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay will be the starting pitcher for the National League team in the All-Star Game Tuesday night.
Halladay will throw at least two innings, a move that probably will not make Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee all that happy.
"It's a tremendous honor for me," Halladay said. "I don't envy the people who have to make these decisions, decide who is going to pitch. There are obviously quite a few guys who are very worthy of it, and I just want to acknowledge that and congratulate those guys and say what an honor it is for me.
"It's always a great experience coming to play here, and to get a chance to go out and compete against the best players is something you look forward to. So it's a tremendous honor for me and I'm looking forward to it. Thank you to Bruce and the National League for letting me go out there and compete."
Manager Bruce Bochy lauded Halladay in announcing the decision.
"Couldn't have a better guy to start the All-Star Game for us," he said. "You know, you talk about elite pitchers in the game, and you look at his numbers this year, very deserving, but when you talk about the best, this guy is always at the top. It's been like this the last few years, so really, looking forward to seeing him starting the game and excited to name him starter."
Bochy was asked about the lobbying that Dubee did to not have Halladay start the game.
"That's news to me," Bochy said.
Halladay told reporters that he found out last night and called Dubee to get his input.
The American League will start Jerred Weaver.
Bochy also mentioned that Phillies first basebman Ryan Howard was in the discussion as he put the roster together.
"It was really difficult, there are some good first basemen out there, and I was talking to Roy about their first baseman, (Ryan) Howard," Bochy said. "I don't know how many RBIs he has, but I have three first basemen, so I decided to go with a catcher to give me flexibility late in the ballgame, left-handed bat, (Miguel) Montero is having a good year."
Here are the starting lineups:
1. Curtis Granderson CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera SS
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Jose Bautista RF
5. Josh Hamilton LF
6. Adrian Beltre 3B
7. David Ortiz DH
8. Robinson Cano 2B
9. Alex Avila C
1. Rickie Weeks 2B
2. Carlos Beltran DH
3. Matt Kemp CF
4. Prince Fielder 1B
5. Brian McCann C
6. Lance Berkman RF
7. Matt Holliday LF
8. Troy Tulowitzki SS
9. Scott Rolen 3B
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