Roy Halladay will become the fourth hurler to start All-Star games for both leagues when he tosses the first pitch for the National League tonight in Phoenix. Halladay is 11-3 with a 2.45 ERA for the Philadelphia Phillies this season.
Halladay says he looks forward to competing against the league’s best.
Jered Weaver starts for the American League after going 11-4 with a major league-best 1.86 earned run average for the Los Angeles Angels. Weaver says he is honored to be named the starter for this year’s midsummer classic.
The National League hasn’t won back-to-back All-Star games since 1995 and ’96, but it has a chance tonight against the American League in Phoenix. The American League went 12-0-1 from 1997 until the National League took last year’s game 3-1 at Anaheim. The senior circuit leads the series 41-38-2.
The state of Missouri will have four representatives at tonight’s All-Star game. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman was voted by the fans as a starter, while Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina will come off the bench. Matt Holliday says he is honored to be an All-Star.
Former Mizzou pitcher Aaron Crow is the Kansas City Royals lone representative.
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano captures the 2011 Home Run Derby in Phoenix, Arizona beating Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Cano, who was in the derby for the first time in his career, smacked a final round-record 12 long balls to beat Gonzalez.
Cano’s father, Jose, pitched to him in the contest. Cano tied Gonzalez with a 472-foot blast to right-center field and then paused for a moment to grab a sports drink then deposited a ball 408 feet over the wall in right-center for the clinching shot.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel is retiring from the NFL and returning to Ohio State as an assistant coach. Vrabel confirmed yesterday he has taken a job as linebackers coach at his alma mater. Vrabel won three Super Bowl titles as a member of the New England Patriots.
The St. Louis Rams have decided to continue holding training camp at home for the third straight year. The team was considering a move to either Rolla or Carbondale, Ill. The Rams expected to open camp about two weeks before next month’s Hall of Fame game, but it remains up in the air due to the lockout.
Former St. Louis Blues right wing Jaroslav Jirik has died in a plane crash at the age of 71. Officials say Jirik was killed yesterday after his ultralight plane went down about 125 miles from Prague. Jirik was the first Czech allowed to play in the NHL during the country’s communist era.
So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo) beat fellow South Korean Hee Kyung Seo (soh) by three strokes in a three-hole playoff to claim the U.S. Women’s Open title. Ryu carded three straight 2-under-par 69s to get to 3-under through regulation. American Cristie Kerr was the only player under par, finishing at minus-1.