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Weaver to start amid All-Star shake-up

July 11, 2011

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By not pitching yesterday, the Angels’ Jered Weaver had an edge to be named the American League’s starting pitcher for tomorrow’s All-Star Game in Phoenix. Weaver got word from Rangers manager Ron Washington, skipper of the AL squad, and called the honor “very exciting.’’ NL manager Bruce Bochy of the Giants will announce his starting pitcher today. Because of Major League Baseball’s rule that prohibits starting pitchers who threw yesterday from participating in the All-Star Game, six players were declared ineligible: the Yankees’ CC Sabathia, the Rays’ James Shields, the Tigers’ Justin Verlander, the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, and the Giants’ Matt Cain. Three other players, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, Rays pitcher David Price, and Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco, withdrew because of injury, meaning 16 players who were named All-Stars won’t appear, including 12 of the 68 originally chosen. The replacements named yesterday were pitchers David Robertson (Yankees), Alexi Ogando (Rangers), Michael Pineda (Mariners), Ricky Romero (Blue Jays), Kevin Correia (Pirates), and Craig Kimbrel (Braves); Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero; and Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval.

A-Rod will have surgery, out 4-6 weeks
Yankees All-Star third baseman Alex Rodriguez is going to have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Rodriguez will be operated on today in Miami and is expected back for the final month of the season . . . The White Sox placed catcher Ramon Castro on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right hand and index finger and recalled catcher Tyler Flowers from Triple A Charlotte.

Jones in trouble with authorities again
Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was arrested in Cincinnati on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest, adding to the list of off-the-field troubles that have marred his career. Jones was jailed around 3 a.m. and released in the morning. Cincinnati media outlets reported documents filed in court accuse Jones of being disorderly and shouting profanities in a downtown bar and trying to pull away as officers arrested him. Jones denied the allegations and said he hadn’t been drinking while out with his wife to celebrate her birthday . . . Pete Duranko, a star defensive lineman on Notre Dame’s 1966 national championship team who went on to play eight years for the Denver Broncos, died of Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 67.

Galaxy stars lead roster of MLS’s best
David Beckham and Landon Donovan led four Los Angeles Galaxy players onto the Major League Soccer All-Star Game roster for the second straight year, and Thierry Henry was among three New York Red Bulls selected as starters via fan voting for the July 27 game against English Premier League champion Manchester United at Red Bull Arena. Seattle goalie Kasey Keller also was chosen and the defenders will be Sean Franklin and Omar Gonzalez of Los Angeles; Rafa Marquez and Tim Ream of New York; and Matt Besler of Kansas City. Portland’s Jack Jewsbury and Dallas’s Brek Shea joined Beckham at midfield, and San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski will be up front with Henry and Donovan. The complete roster will be announced July 18 . . . Fredy Montero had two goals and Osvaldo Alonso scored the winner on a penalty kick to give the Seattle Sounders FC a 3-2 victory over the host Portland Timbers. The Sounders (9-4-8) are undefeated in eight straight matches, and the Timbers (5-9-3) are winless in seven straight games.

Lamb helps US to a fifth-place finish
Jeremy Lamb of NCAA champion Connecticut tipped in his own miss with 29 seconds to play to give the United States a 78-77 victory over Australia in the fifth-place game of FIBA’s Under-19 World Championships in Riga, Latvia. Lamb finished the tournament as the leading scorer for the US (7-2) with a 16.2-point average, though he scored just 4 on 2-of-16 shooting yesterday . . . At Newark, Essence Carson and Cappie Pondexter scored 18 points each to rally the New York Liberty to an 80-73 victory over the Chicago Sky in the WNBA . . . Penny Taylor scored 18 points to help the host Phoenix Mercury rout Tulsa, 102-63, in Teresa Edwards’s debut as interim coach for the last-place Shock. Edwards took over for Nolan Richardson, who resigned Friday night . . . The Los Angeles Sparks dismissed Jennifer Gillom as coach and replaced her with Joe “Jellybean’’ Bryant, the father of Lakers superstar Kobe and the Sparks’ coach from August 2005 through the 2006 season when he guided them to two playoff appearances.

Blackhawks sign Stalberg for two years
The Chicago Blackhawks and forward Viktor Stalberg agreed on a two-year contract. Stalberg, who played at the University of Vermont, had 12 goals and 12 assists last season, his first with Chicago after being acquired from Toronto . . . Asafa Powell of Jamaica overcame a tentative start to win the 100 meters in 9.91 seconds at the Aviva Grand Prix Diamond League meet in Birmingham, England . . . Trainer Todd Pletcher said Uncle Mo could return to horse racing in August at Saratoga after being knocked off the Triple Crown trail by an inflamed liver.