Washington reveals plans for AL team

Washington reveals plans for AL team

Washington reveals plans for AL team
KANSAS CITY -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Justin Verlander will pitch two innings as the American League starter for Tuesday's All-Star Game. Verlander last pitched on Wednesday for the Tigers and should be fresh enough to pitch at least two innings.

Washington said the plan is for Verlander to be followed by Rays left-hander David Price and Angels right-hander Jered Weaver for one inning each. Washington said he is unsure what his order will be after that.

"We'll just wait and see how things develop," Washington said.

Washington said he expects Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish to be his "last man standing." Darvish hasn't pitched in eight days and is the freshest arm the AL has in Kansas City. That means Darvish could be the pitcher saved in case the game goes into extra innings.

"He's the freshest guy we've got," Washington said.

Washington hasn't designated his closer, but he suggested the Rays' Fernando Rodney could be his guy if the AL has a lead in the ninth inning.

"The guy who shoots the arrows is not too bad," said Washington, referring to Rodney's last out celebration.

Hometown slugger Billy Butler could also make an early appearance in the game as David Ortiz has offered to sit after his first at-bat.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.