Right-hander Dennis Eckersley of Boston is expected to be the American League's starting pitcher in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Montreal.
Oakland Manager Billy Martin said he plans to start Eckersley (9-6) against the predominantly right-handed hitting National League in hopes of breaking a 10-game losing streak. But Martin said he wouldn't decide until Monday. The AL hasn't won since a 6-4 victory in 1971.
Martin's bullpen, also announced today, will include Mark Clear of the Red Sox, Goose Gossage of the Yankees, Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers and Dan Quisenberry of the Kansas City Royals.
Martin also selected Ron Guidry of the Yankees, Jim Clancy of the Toronto Blue Jays and Floyd Bannister of the Seattle Mariners, who are starting pitchers.
Eckersley, who has a 3.25 earned run average and three shutouts, is the top winner on the staff.
Martin and AL President Lee MacPhail, who picked the staff, passed over 10-game winners Pete Vuckovich of Milwaukee and LaMarr Hoyt of the White Sox.
Each league today named 12 reserves. Martin's list included outfielder Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals and third baseman Toby Harrah of Cleveland, the league's top hitters.
NL Manager Tom Lasorda of Los Angeles named catchers Tony Pena of Pittsburgh and John Stearns of New York to his team.
The Royals lead the AL with five All-Stars. The Montreal Expos lead the NL with five.