One thing became clear the more David Price talked about being selected for tonight's All-Star Game in Kansas City: he was more thrilled for his nephew, Corey, than he was for himself.

"My nephew gets to hang out in the clubhouse with the guys he sees on Sports Center night in and night out. That's the part that I enjoy the most," Price, a three-time all-star, said. "Obviously playing in the game, representing the AL East and the Tampa Bay Rays is a good feeling, as well.

Corey had such a good time hanging with his uncle at the 2011 All-Star Game that he asked Price if they could return this year.

That was made possible by a first-half that saw Price go 11-4 with a 2.82 in his 17 starts while being matched with an All-Star lineup of opposing pitchers that included Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett and R.A. Dickey.

"He's electric from the left-side. There is nothing else you can say. He's pretty dominant. As far as I'm concerned he's one of the best pitchers in the game," teammate James Shields said.