Jered Weaver to start for AL

Updated: July 10, 2011, 7:21 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Jered Weaver was informed Sunday morning that he will be starting Tuesday's All-Star Game for the American League.

He'll be the first Angel to start the game since Mark Langston in 1993.

This is Weaver's second trip to an All-Star Game, but the first time he will actually pitch. Weaver said it was "definitely a little surprising" when Angels manager Mike Scioscia informed him. Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington called Scioscia Sunday before the Angels' 4-2 win over Seattle.

"I guess it's something that I won't know until I get out there, but I'm sure it will be very nerve-wracking, that's for sure," Weaver said.

Weaver is 11-4 with a major league-leading 1.86 ERA. He led the majors in strikeouts last year and was an All-Star in Anaheim, but did not pitch because he had worked the Sunday before the game. That rule helped Weaver get the nod this season, since Justin Verlander -- who leads Weaver in WHIP, innings and strikeouts and has an identical 11-4 record -- started Sunday for the Detroit Tigers.

"We're very, very proud that Jered's on the team," Scioscia said before he found out Weaver would start. "If he is selected to start, it's going to be a great experience for Jered and something he'll remember for a long, long time."

The other Angels to start the All-Star Game were Ken McBride in 1963, Dean Chance in 1964 and Nolan Ryan in 1979.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Mark Saxon

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Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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