All-Star notes: Bochy tabs Halladay as NL starter

July 11, 2011, 7:54 pm
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July 11, 2011


What's happening in Arizona, site of the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game? To get you set for first pitch, we collected some of the best reporting from the Comcast Regional Sports Network family. Stay with us for comprehensive coverage from the desert featuring the Comcast SportsNet team of Mychael Urban, Kate Longworth and Jaymee Sire.

CSNPhilly: Bochy turns to Halladay to start for NL
John R. Finger

With the best record in the majors and five players at the All-Star Game, it seems only logical that a Phillie should start in the game. However, with elected starter Placido Polanco out because of an injury, National League manager Bruce Bochy had one guy he could turn to.

With that, Bochy named Roy Halladay as his starting pitcher for Tuesday nights midsummer classic.

"I couldn't have a better guy to start the All-Star Game for us," Bochy said. "You talk about the elite pitchers in the game and you look at his numbers this year, and it's obvious he's very deserving.

CSNChicago: Ramirez tells Bochy, 'thanks but no'Patrick Mooney

Aramis Ramirez got hot late, putting together a few good weeks to become the most productive third baseman in the National League. But his invitation to the All-Star Game didnt come soon enough.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy reached out on Sunday to see if Ramirez wanted to be an injury replacement. But the Cubs third baseman had plans to go back home to the Dominican Republic, and his family had already traveled there.

Its just too late, Ramirez said. No chance I could make it.

Nats' Harper soaks in All-Star scene
Mark Zuckerman
Bryce Harper has been "playing up" against older, more experienced competition since ... well, pretty much since the day he first picked up a baseball bat and homered off his father.

Sunday evening, though, brought a whole new challenge for the Nationals' uber-prospect: Four at-bats against four different flamethrowers from four different farm systems in the All-Star Futures Game, all of them shown on national television.

The end result was perhaps predictable: Harper went 0-for-4, striking out twice and grounding out twice. The happy-go-lucky 18-year-old's reaction, too, was perhaps predictable.

"I don't even care what I did today, actually. I really don't," he said. "I could've went 4-for-4 and: Hallelujah. 0-for-4? Hallelujah, too. I'm just happy to be here, to be around the guys I am."

CSNBaltimore: All-Star ethics have changed
Stan "The Fan"
For some folks who may be too young to remember, fans actually lost the right to vote on the All-Star game after a ballot stuffing scandal took place -- in Cincinnati, of all places. That's right, back in 1957, the Reds' fans stuffed the ballot box to the extent that they made a mockery of the vote.

Believe me, I get that this isn't exactly as important as voting for our congressman or president, or even dog catcher.READ MORE AT CSNBALTIMORE.COM.