ANAHEIM—With the 82nd Mid-Summer classic less than a week away, two Halo players were preparing to head to Phoenix for the All-Star Game. Make that three.
It was announced on Thursday that rookie flame throwing closer Jordan Walden will join his teammates Jered Weaver and Howard Kendrick to help the A.L. earn the prize possession of home field advantage in the 2011 World Series. The 23 year-old was added to the American League roster , replacing Yankee’s Mariano Rivera. Rivera whose All-Star selection was the 12th of his career, is nursing a sore right tricep.
Walden will be the first Angel rookie named to the Mid-Summer classic since RHP Jason Dickson in 1997. Kendrick, who is making his first All-Star Game appearance, will be the first second baseman named to the team since Johnny Ray in 1988.For Weaver, this will be his second consecutive All-Star appearance while becoming the first starting pitcher in the organization to achieve that feat since Chuck Finley in 1995 and 1996. If he is named as the American League starter, which is very likely, he will be the first Angel starter to do so since Mark Langston did it 1993.
Weaver put the exclamation point his first half last night as he defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-1. The right-hander notched his 11th win in his eighth career complete game, fourth this season. In his last seven outings, he is 5-0 with a 1.48 ERA, and he still leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA.
The club will play two more games at home against Seattle before the boys pack up and head to Arizona. The Angles have won five of six games, eight of their last 10 and are 11-3 in their last 14 affairs. Tonight they will play the 11th game of their season long 13 game home-stand vs. Washington (3-0), LAD (2-1), Detroit (2-1), and Seattle (1-0).
RHP Blake Beavan (1-0, 1.29 ERA) will take on Ervin Santana (4-8, 3.89 ERA) Friday night as the Angels work to take over first place in the AL West. The squad is 17-7 in their last 24 games and have cut 5.0 games off the Texas Rangers lead in the division, entering today one game back.
The Angels will play 20 of their first 29 games after the break on the road.