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Ubaldo Jimenez #38 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game at AT&T Park on May 31, 2010 in San Francisco, California.
Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez will start for the National League in the All-Star game while the AL will counter with Tampa Bay's David Price.
In this year of the pitcher, Jimenez was a fitting pick by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on Monday.
"One of the great talents in baseball and he's a treat to watch pitch," Manuel said of choosing Jimenez over Florida's Josh Johnson. "This guy's 15-1. His record speaks for itself."
The NL will try Tuesday night at Angel Stadium to end a 13-year drought in baseball's midsummer classic. Jimenez has a 2.20 ERA in 18 starts and 127 innings for the surging Rockies. Price is 12-4 with a 2.42 ERA. Johnson is 9-3 with a majors-best 1.70 ERA for the Marlins.
"It's just a huge honor for me to be out here," Jimenez said. "Hopefully we can put everything together and break the losing streak."
Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard will be the National League designated hitter and bat cleanup for his regular skipper, Manuel.
"Not only is he my guy, he's got 119 at-bats against left-handed pitchers and 65 RBIs," Manuel said. "He can hit 'em. He's hitting .294. He's very capable of hitting fourth in an All-Star lineup."
Also Monday, Texas third baseman Michael Young replaced Adrian Beltre on the AL roster. Beltre, Boston's third baseman, left Sunday's game at Toronto with a strained left hamstring.