Mariano Rivera, baseball’s greatest closer, doesn’t want to start, even in his final All-Star appearance next month.
American League manager Jim Leyland may well choose to honor him by designating him the starter, but Rivera, who has 634 regular-season and 42 postseason saves, would prefer to do what he does best in the July 16 game at Citi Field.

“I’ve been told about it, but I don’t like it,” Rivera told ESPN NewYork.com Sunday. “And the reason why I say that is it’s not what I do. What I do is close the games, I don’t start the games. It’s a privilege and honor, but I’m not contemplating it.”
It would seem more likely that Detroit’s Max Scherzer, 11-0, would start, rather than the New York Yankees’ reliever, who will retire after the season.