Joe Torre dispensed with protocol and named Boston's Pedro Martinez the American League's starting pitcher in the 70th All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
Martinez is 15-3 with a 2.10 earned run average for the Red Sox, and Torre made the unofficial official in a conference call with the media yesterday.
"Pedro Martinez will be my starter -- even though I'm not officially allowed to tell you that," Torre said. "If he's not, I better manage this game from New York."
San Diego's Bruce Bochy, who'll manage the National League all-stars, said he plans to pick his starter Sunday from a group that includes Arizona's Randy Johnson, Philadelphia's Curt Schilling, Houston's Jose Lima and St. Louis's Kent Bottenfield.
Both Torre and Bochy said they would like rosters expanded by five players to provide more room for the managers to fit in deserving players. All-star rosters were set at 28 players from 1969 until last year when they went to 30.
Torre said his most difficult call was passing on Harold Baines of the Orioles. Baines was batting .347 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI as Baltimore's designated hitter. Meanwhile, Bochy chose Reds rookie right-hander Scott Williamson to replace injured Robb Nen of the Giants.
RILEY NAMED: Four hard-throwing young pitchers highlight the United States' roster for the upcoming Pan Am Games.
Matt Riley of the Orioles' organization, Mark Mulder of the Athletics', Brad Penny of the Diamondbacks' and Bobby Seay of the Devil Rays' will anchor the U.S. pitching staff for the Games in Winnipeg on July 25 to Aug. 2.