Curtis Granderson CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Jose Bautista RF
Josh Hamilton LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Ortiz DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Avila C
RHP Jered Weaver (11-4, 1.86)
Rickie Weeks 2B
Carlos Beltran DH
Matt Kemp CF
Prince Fielder 1B
Brian McCann C
Lance Berkman RF
Matt Holliday LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Scott Rolen 3B
RHP Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.45)
TIME/TV: 8 p.m. ET, FOX
WEATHER: It’s Arizona. I’m not there, but I’m guessing it’s hot and sunny.
YANKEES IN ATTENDANCE: Curtis Granderson will be leading off for the American League, and Robinson Cano will be starting at second base fresh off his Home Run Derby win. Russell Martin is available off the bench, and Dave Robertson is available out of the bullpen.
“I cant believe that I reqlly made the All-Star team,” Robertson said. “You grow up watching these guys, so to actually be here, I’m thrilled.”
YANKEES SITTING OUT: Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera were selected for the team, but they’ll skip the event because of recent injuries. CC Sabathia was also picked, but he pitched Sunday, wouldn’t have been eligible to pitch in the game, and is spending the break in the Bahamas.
“I hope people understand (Jeter) has to take care of his leg,” Robinson Cano said. “He came off the DL and kept getting treatment. His health comes first.”
CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE: Martin was leading the fan vote at catcher until the final week of voting. That’s when Avila moved ahead and bumped Martin to the bench.
“I would say it was disappointing, but I didn’t deserve the start,” Martin said. “I was kind of happy that I got out-voted, because Avila really deserves it. To be here at all, being voted by the players, that’s an honor.”
MORE THAN MOST: The Yankees have more all-stars than any other team in baseball. In all, they had eight players selected. You could easily make a case that a ninth — Mark Teixeira — deserved a spot.
“I think it talks about the first-half that our guys have had, and how well they’ve played,” Joe Girardi said. “You end up with three pitchers, which is outstanding, and I think our pitching staff has performed very, very well. And almost our whole infield with our catcher. They’ve played very well.”
A VERY GOOD WEEK: Jeter has been named the American League Player of the Week for his first week off the disabled list. Obviously the week was highlighted by Jeter’s 3,000th hit, which came in one of the most memorable games of his career.
WATCHING ON TV: I’m not in Arizona, but it’s nice to have good friends who are in Arizona, one of whom was kind enough to send me some Yankees quotes from media day. It’s much appreciated. Enjoy the game everyone. Don’t forget about the chat tomorrow.