July 14, 2009
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
07/14/09 1:30 PM ET
An infection of his right ring finger has forced Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria out of his All-Star Game start tonight, and he will be replaced in the starting lineup by Michael Young of the Rangers, a former UCSB baseball player.
The Angels' Chone Figgins, meanwhile, has taken Longoria's place on the roster, becoming the 30th first-time All-Star on hand for the 80th Midsummer Classic, in St. Louis' Busch Stadium.
Young, who had been voted onto the AL squad by the players, went into the break hitting .308, with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs.
This is Young's sixth consecutive All-Star Game, but he will be starting for the first time.
Figgins leads the AL with 68 runs and is tied for the lead with seven triples, while hitting .310.
The 80th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/7:00 p.m. (CDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.