KANSAS CITY -- Tentative pitching plans for tonight's 83rd All-Star Game:
American League starter Justin Verlander is expected to work the first two innings, according to pitching coach Mike Maddux. After that, manager Ron Washington and Maddux are planning to use these seven pitchers for one inning each (in order): The Rays' David Price, the Rangers' Matt Harrison, the Angels' Jered Weaver, the White Sox's Chris Sale, the Athletics' Ryan Cook, the Orioles' Jim Johnson and the Rays' Fernando Rodney.
On the other side, following Matt Cain, the tentative rotation mapped out by NL manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan is the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg, the Phillies Cole Hamels, the Mets' R.A. Dickey, the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, the Cardinals' Lance Lynn and then, in the ninth, probably a combo of the Reds' Aroldis Chapman and the Braves' Craig Kimbrel.
The reason for Dickey's late entry: La Russa wants to bring him in when he changes catchers. That way, Carlos Ruiz, who will replace Buster Posey, can warm up Dickey in the bullpen and get a feel for his knuckleball.
Among the pitchers who probably will not see action tonight if each team sticks to its current plans: Jake Peavy (White Sox), Yu Darvish (Rangers), Felix Hernandez (Mariners), Chris Perez (Indians), CC Sabathia (Yankees), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates), Wade Miley (Diamondbacks, Jonathan Papelbon (Phillies) and Huston Street (Padres).