07/09/07 8:19 PM ET
Notes: AL All-Stars going international
Jeter and A-Rod only U.S.-born players in starting lineup
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
"I think he'd be wasting it," Jenks said. "He needs those for the season, so he should save it."A couple of Yankees gave Bonds symbolic tips of their caps. "His talents, his team and the fans appreciate what he's done here," said Jeter. "It's appropriate that he's on the team, especially when the game's in San Francisco and he's knocking on the door of the home run record." A-Rod again gushed over Bonds, just as he had during New York's recent Interleague foray into town: "I love Barry. I'm one of his biggest fans. When you think about his work on the field in the last 20 years, he's second to none." Torii Hunter, Minnesota peerless center fielder, would love a chance to repeat his thievery in the 2002 game, when he soared above Miller Park's left-center fence to rob Bonds of a homer. "He'll have to hit it somewhere else if he wants to make sure," said Hunter, who still calls that All-Star Game catch one of his favorite memories. World stage belongs to the young: Haren and NL starter Jake Peavy, both 26, have to be among the youngest All-Star mound opponents ever. They do form the youngest tandem since 1986, when a 23-year-old Roger Clemens faced off against 22-year-old Dwight Gooden. For Leyland to pick the youngest pitcher on his staff shouldn't be a surprise. After all, he confidently gave the ball last spring to 23-year-old Justin Verlander and was rewarded with an AL flag. "I believe in talent," Leyland said. "I want talent -- that's what I'm interested in, not experience. I'm always willing to give a young pitcher a chance. If you've got talent, you have a chance to be successful." C.C.: Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon's suggestion if the AL wants to improve its chances of winning Tuesday night? Get Carl Crawford in the game as soon as possible. "They're trying to win the game ... and Carl's the kind of guy who can come off the bench and do a whole bunch of things for you," said his manager. Etcetera: Since starting the 2005 season losing seven of his first eight decisions, Haren has gone 37-21. ... Leyland managed Bonds with the Pirates from 1986-92 and looked forward to "spending some time with Barry. But he'll probably blow me off." ... The Tigers ended pre-break play with a three-game series against Boston, and considered giving the All-Star Red Sox a lift here on their private plane. But with 11 All-Stars between them, they simply didn't have enough seats. ... In case you're wondering -- and we know you have -- Sabathia's C.C. stand for Carsten Charles (the second).
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.