Weaver, Kershaw among possible All-Star starters
Angels right-hander Jered Weaver and Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who both make their final starts of the first half Thursday night, are on the short list of pitchers being considered to start Tuesday's All-Star Game in Phoenix, the managers of the National and American league teams said.
"I certainly will," A.L. Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers said when asked if he would consider Weaver for the start.
Weaver leads the league with a 1.92 ERA, is tied for third with 10 wins and hasn't allowed more than a run in any of his last four starts going into Thursday's game with Seattle. Weaver was selected to an All-Star team for the first time last July but did not pitch in the game at Angel Stadium.
Kershaw, who will pitch Thursday against the Mets at Dodger Stadium, is tied for the big-league lead with 138 strikeouts to go with an 8-4 record.
"Sure, Kershaw's going to be considered," N.L. Manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants said. "But to be honest with you, he's probably a little bit more of a longer shot, as good as he is. I've got two guys, I know [Roy] Halladay, with all he's done, and I'm getting a lot of pressure from my hitting coach from Curacao, who is in my ear every day about [Jair] Jurrjens."
Halladay is scheduled to pitch for the Phillies on Friday while Jurrjens made his final start of the first half on Wednesday, beating Colorado.
-- Kevin Baxter
Photo: Angels starter Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Dodgers on Saturday. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times