A first for Lee, a return for Sizemore
Tribe duo will hit New York to represent Tribe as All-Stars
CLEVELAND -- When Spring Training camp opened earlier this year, Cliff Lee just wanted to secure the last job in the Indians' rotation.When the 2008 All-Star Game takes place July 15 at Yankee Stadium, Lee might just be the American League's starter. That's all you need to know about Lee's incredible resurgence this season. On Sunday, he was rewarded for his efforts by being named to his first All-Star squad. He'll be joined in New York by teammate Grady Sizemore, who was named to the AL team for the third straight year and said he might participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby.
"When it comes to Grady, I think he could play in any era on any team for any manager," Wedge said. "Because of the way he plays and what he's all about."Sizemore, who is batting .269 with 56 runs scored, 18 doubles, four triples, 22 homers, 50 RBIs and 20 steals in 85 games, has hit 10 homers in his last 23 games and has 14 homers in his last 34 games. Obviously, then, he'd be a prime candidate for the State Farm Home Run Derby. "I'd be happy to do it," Sizemore said of that possibility. "I'm not sure, I'm not leaning one way or the other right now. I haven't made up my mind. I'll just wait for them to ask me and then go from there." Lee was considered a shoo-in for the All-Star nod, while Sizemore was on the bubble. Both players were selected to the team by a vote of their peers. "I wasn't expecting it, but it was a good feeling," Sizemore said. "It's always an honor to be a part of an All-Star team." Both Lee and Sizemore were acquired in the 2002 trade that sent Bartolo Colon to the Expos, proving just how valuable a savvy swap can be for a team like the Indians, who are currently contemplating trading staff ace C.C. Sabathia.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.