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Manuel picks Jimenez over JJ to start All-Star Game

ANAHEIM -- Although he said it was a tough pick, National League manager Charlie Manuel chose Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez over Marlins ace Josh Johnson to start Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Angel Stadium. 

"Josh Johnson is a very talented guy, we have some real talented pitchers on the National League squad. But this guy [Jimenez] is 15-1. His record speaks for itself. He threw a no-hitter and has completed three ball games. He's what I call a horse.

"So, is Josh Johnson. It was a tough pick. But [Jimenez] is a guy I chose because as soon as he came into the big leagues, he's always stood out. He's definitely my favorite pick."

Jimenez (2.20 ERA) owns the best record in baseball. But Johnson (9-3) owns the lowest ERA (1.70) and has only more than one earned run once in his last 11 starts. 

> Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who will leadoff for the NL for the third year in a row Tuesday night, said his of his strategy for tonight's Home Run Derby: "I'm going to try as hard as I can, swing as hard as I can."

Here's a short interview with Miami's own Alex Rodriguez discussing his All-Star selection.