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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.