MINNEAPOLIS — San Francisco’s Tim Hudson, Cincinnati’s Alfredo Simon, San Diego’s Huston Street and Washington’s Tyler Clippard have been added to the roster for Tuesday’s All-Star game at Target Field as the National League changed about one-third of its pitching staff.
They replace a quartet of pitchers who started Sunday: the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, the Reds’ Johnny Cueto, the Padres’ Tyson Ross and the Atlanta Braves’ Julio Teheran.
Hudson, a four-time All-Star, is 7-6 with a 2.87 ERA, and Simon is 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA. Street has 24 saves and a 1.09 ERA, and Clippard is 6-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 43 relief appearances.
“It’s a give and take. Obviously, I’m honored and happy in that sense,” Clippard said before laughing and adding, “I’d like to go get some rounds of golf in, but I’ll take one for the team.”
Kelly borrows pants for Futures game: Tom Kelly found his jersey ready when he arrived at Target Field on Sunday to manage the U.S. team in the All-Star Futures game but was missing baseball pants.
Kelly, who managed the Twins to a pair of World Series titles during his time in the Minnesota dugout from 1986-01, borrowed a pair from current Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
“They’re a little loose,” he joked, a reference to his successor. “No, they’re not. They fit fine.”
While borrowing Gardenhire’s office for the day, Kelly helped himself to a cigar from Gardenhire’s humidor.
HOOSIER FAVORITES? The U.S. team featured four natives of Indiana: catchers Justin O’Conner (Tampa Bay Rays, high Class A) and Kevin Plawecki (New York Mets, Triple-A), second baseman Micah Johnson (Chicago White Sox, Triple-A) and right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer (Minnesota Twins, Triple-A). That tied for the largest representation from any state with California, one more than both Florida and Texas.
“You would’ve thought if this was a basketball event, that might make a little more sense,” Meyer said. “But being here with the baseball, it speaks for Indiana baseball, too. It’s getting a lot better, so it’s a good thing.”
WARMING UP: Rod Carew, an All-Star in all 12 of his seasons with the Minnesota Twins, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night’s All-Star game.
Carew was an All-Star in the first 18 seasons of a 19-year big league career that started in 1967 and ended with the California Angels in 1985.
Jack Morris, Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield — all St. Paul natives — will throw out ceremonial pitches before Monday night’s Home Run Derby along with current Twins first baseman Joe Mauer, a six-time All-Star who is on the disabled list.