Los Angeles Angels staring pitcher Jered Weaver will start the 2011 All-Star Game for the American League, according to Victor Rojas:
Jered Weaver's been told he's starting All Star Game for American League. Congrats to the big man.
It was a tight race, but Weaver's impressive 1.86 ERA was probably the deciding factor. That, and the fact that Justin Verlander, James Shields, Felix Hernandez, and Dan Haren are all pitching on Sunday, making them ineligible for the All-Star Game under new rules. So, really, it was between Weaver, Mariano Rivera, and Sergio Mitre. After careful consideration, Ron Washington went with the pitcher that has flummoxed his Rangers over the years.
Weaver is the first Angel to start the All-Star game since Mark Langston in 1993, though that was for the California Angels. Weaver will be the first Angel to start since the Angels spiritually moved to Los Angeles of California.
He'll likely face Roy Halladay in the National League.