PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: American League All-Star Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by David J. Phillip/Pool/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver Pitches Scoreless First Inning For American League

Weaver is 11-4 this season with a 1.86 ERA, tops in MLB.

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Jered Weaver Opens All-Star Game With Scoreless Inning

Jered Weaver was named to his second All-Star team this season, but this was the first time he got to actually pitch in the game. Weaver started the 2011 MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, the first Angels pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Mark Langston in 1993. Weaver pitched one scoreless inning, retiring three of the four batters he faced:

  • 2B Rickie Weeks: ground out to first base (0-2 pitch; three pitches)
  • DH Carlos Beltran: struck out swinging on 76 mph changeup (2-2; five pitches)
  • CF Matt Kemp: walked on five pitches
  • 1B Prince Fielder: flew out to left field on first pitch

Weaver threw 14 pitches, eight for strikes, and was relieved by David Robertson of the Yankees. Josh Beckett of the Red Sox was scheduled to follow Weaver, but Beckett experienced left knee soreness during warmups and was scratched.

For more news and Jered Weaver and the rest of the Angels, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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2011 MLB All-Star Game: Jered Weaver To Start For American League

Jered Weaver of the Angels has had a fantastic season to date, and he has been rewarded for it. Weaver will start on the mound for the American League on Tuesday in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Weaver is the first Angels pitcher to start the All-Star Game since Mark Langston in 1993.

Weaver is 11-4 this season with a 1.86 ERA, which leads the major leagues. He has also pitched 140 1/3 innings, the third-most in the majors behind only Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay. He led the majors in strikeouts last season, and was named to his first All-Star team, in Anaheim, but he did not pitch in the game.

The other Angels pitchers to start the All-Star Game were Nolan Ryan in 1979, and Dean Chance in 1964 and 1967. The All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

For more news and Jered Weaver and the rest of the Angels, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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2011 MLB All-Star Game: Angels' Howie Kendrick Makes First All-Star Team

Seemingly everybody knew Jered Weaver of the Angels, with 10 wins and a league-leading 1.92 ERA, would make the American League All-Star team on Sunday morning. However, it was a bit of a surprise that joining Weaver will be teammate Howie Kendrick, voted to his first All-Star squad. The 2011 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Kendrick is enjoying his finest offensive season at the plate, hitting .307/.362/.474 with 40 runs scored and 18 doubles in 70 games. He has mostly played second base, but also has shifted around the diamond depending on the Angels' injury needs, starting 15 games in left field and eight more at first base. Kendrick made the team as a reserve via the players' ballot.

Dan Haren is 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA this season, but was left off the team. He could still make it as a replacement, however, as there are often minor injuries that keep players out of the game, as well as the rule that makes starting pitchers who pitch Sunday before the game ineligible for the All-Star Game.

For more news and Howie Kendrick and the rest of the Angels, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Angels Jered Weaver Named To AL All-Star Team

The rosters for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game were announced this morning on TBS, and the Angels ace had made the American League team. Jered Weaver has been chosen an American League All-Star for the second consecutive year, one of two Angels selected along with Howie Kendrick. Here are the AL starters:

Weaver is 10-4 this season and leads the American League with a 1.92 ERA. Weaver, who led the major leagues in strikeouts in 2010, was named an All-Star last season when the Angels were the host team but he was ineligible to pitch as he pitched on the Sunday before the game.

The All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

For more news and Jered Weaver and the rest of the Angels, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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Jered Weaver A Lock For American League All-Star Team; Will He Be Joined By Haren?

Jered Weaver is a lock to hear his name called Sunday morning on TBS as the 2011 MLB All-Star Game rosters are announced. The only question is, will Weaver be joined by any of his Angels teammates? Weaver was in fine form Saturday night as the Angels topped the Dodgers 7-1 in Anaheim. The win brought Weaver to 10-4 with an American League leading 1.92 ERA on the season.

Weaver made the All-Star team last season, in Anaheim, but didn't pitch because he pitched in the Sunday before the All-Star game, which made him ineligible. This season, Weaver's numbers, and timing, make him a candidate to start the game for the American League. Weaver is scheduled to pitch again on Thursday, which would give him a full four days rest for the All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Teammate Dan Haren has formed a powerful 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation for the Halos. Haren doesn't have the gaudy sub-2.00 ERA of Weaver, but Haren is 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA, and has peripherals in the same ballpark as Weaver. Haren was an All-Star in 2007 with Oakland, and in 2008 and 2009 with Arizona.

Other possible Angels All-Star candidates include Howie Kendrick, the second baseman who has also filled in at first base and left field at times, and is hitting .307/.362/.474; and closer Jordan Walden, the rookie with 18 saves, though Walden remains a long shot.

For more news and Jered Weaver and the rest of the Angels, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

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