American League manager Ron Washington said Rays LHP David Price was a consideration to start the All-Star Game, but only until the Rays said he was limited to pitching one inning.

With that request, Washington said what would have been a tougher decision became easy to pick Detroit's Justin Verlander.

"I wanted the guy who started the game to be able to go two, and when I talked with Tampa they only wanted Price to go one,'' Washington told the Times after Monday's press conference. "They only wanted him to go one.

"That played into it. Also, Justin is a big-time pitcher. He's been a big-time pitcher for many years, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to hopefully watch him go out there and throw up two zeroes right off the bat.''

But Price said that was not the case. He said the Rays were fine with him working two innings if he was the starter, but preferred he only work one in relief, which is often the case, anyway.