Roy Halladay gets nod to start for NL

Updated: July 12, 2011, 2:42 AM ET
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PHOENIX -- Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay will start for the National League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game against the Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver.

The NL batting order has Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks leading off and playing second base, followed by designated hitter Carlos Beltran of the Mets, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder, Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, St. Louis right fielder Lance Berkman, Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen.

The AL has Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson leading off, followed by Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista, Texas left fielder Josh Hamilton, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, Boston designated hitter David Ortiz, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Detroit catcher Alex Avila.

Halladay, 11-3 with a 2.45 ERA, started the 2009 All-Star Game while with the Toronto Blue Jays and will be the fourth pitcher to make an All-Star start for both leagues, following Vida Blue, Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson. Halladay is the first Philadelphia pitcher to start since Curt Schilling in 1999.

"It never seems easy, doesn't seem like it's pitching dominated," Halladay said. "It's always a challenge."

Weaver, 11-4 with a 1.86 ERA, is the fifth Angels pitcher to start, following Ken McBride (1963), Dean Chance (1964), Nolan Ryan (1979) and Mark Langston (1993).

"Having a chance to pitch ... against the best players in the world in the National League and be able to share the mound with a guy like Roy Halladay and all of the other pitchers, it's a very humbling experience," Weaver said. "I'm definitely looking forward to having my family out here to be able to experience it with me and I'm just looking forward to the experience."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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