DETROIT -- David Price is going to the All-Star Game.
The Rays left-hander, who was a manager's selection, entered Sunday night's start against the Tigers at 7-7 with a 3.50 ERA in 18 starts.
"It's always extra special to be selected," Price said.
Price's control has been just short of incredible this season. In 131 innings prior to Sunday, he'd struck out 153 and walked just 17. But he'd also surrendered 17 home runs.
"It hasn't been a typical year," Price said. "I'm leading the league in a couple of categories, but one I'm not particularly proud of. I've never been a guy to give up a bunch of home runs. I've got to do a better job of keeping it in the park and staying away from giving up those crooked numbers. If I could take away four or five innings from this season, I feel like I would be close to putting up some pretty special numbers."
Price tied former Ray Carl Crawford for the most All-Star selections in club history with his fourth. Rays manager Joe Maddon was pleased that Price made the team.
"He definitely deserves it," Maddon said. "We talked about that, I thought him and Jake [McGee] were the two deserving candidates from this team. It just validates the wonderful year he's having right now. And don't be deceived by a couple bad innings or a couple homers -- this guy's been kind of lights-out the whole first half. ... It's well-deserved, earned, and we're really happy for him."
David Price, LHP
Prior ASGs: 2010, '11, '12
ASG W-L: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, three appearances (one start)
How he made 2014 AL team: Manager's selection
Why he's an All-Star: According to Price, he is pitching at a higher level than at any other time in his career. Heady stuff considering he won an AL Cy Young Award in 2012.
DYK?: Price is an avid Twitter user with well over 216,000 followers.
Quotable: "The coolest part is that it will be Derek Jeter's last All-Star Game and that it is being played at my favorite field," Price said. "I love Target Field. And the third thing is that the Rays open the second half there. I've always been envious of the guys who have been in that position, where their teams are playing in the All-Star city [to start the second half of the season]. It will be nice just to hang out there for a couple of days."
Immediately following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters on Sunday, fans began voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until the winners are announced after the voting concludes on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.
The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans help choose the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and via Twitter in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers, for the first time, will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 platforms that support MLB.TV, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less