Monday, July 14, 2008

Lee, Sizemore Rockin the All-Stars

"Cliff Lee Announced as Staring AL Pitcher - P Cliff Lee was named the AL Starter for the 2008 All-Star Game this morning by AL manager Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox. Lee will be squaring off against Ben Sheets of the NL at the Midsummer Classic starting Tuesday night at 8 PM ET on FOX. Lee has had a stellar year finishing up at the All-Star break with a 12-2 record (T2nd for most wins in the Majors), a 2.31 ERA (3rd in the Majors), 124.2 IP and 106 K. This will be his first appearance at the All-Star Game as well as his first time starting. This year's game will be played at Yankee Stadium in New York."

"CF Grady Sizemore will have a chance to show his stuff tonight in Yankee Stadium at the 2008 State Farm Home Run Derby. Sizemore, 25, will be making his first Home Run Derby appearance and his 3rd consecutive All-Star game appearance tomorrow. He is currently batting .273 (99-362) with 60 runs scored, 19 doubles, 4 triples, 23 home runs, 54 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 91 games. His 23 home runs lead the American League and are T4th most in the Majors, trailing only Philadelphia’s RYAN HOWARD (28), Cincinnati's ADAM DUNN (24) and Philadelphia's CHASE UTLEY (25). The last Indian to lead the league in home runs was Albert Belle (50) in 1995. Sizemore is the only AL player to date with 20 or more home runs and is the only player in MLB with 20 or more home runs and 20 or more stolen bases. Grady will be the first Indians player to compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby since Jim Thome finished 2nd to Ken Griffey Jr. in the 1998 Home Run Derby held in Coors Field. He is also just the 4th Indians Player ever (Belle-1993, ’94, ’95, Ramirez-1995 & Thome 1997, ’98) to compete since the All-Star Home Run Derby’s inception in 1985."

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