SCHILLING TO START: Phillies ace Curt Schilling was selected to start for the NL in the All-Star Game, according to the Associated Press. A source confirmed that Schilling was chosen by NL Manager Bruce Bochy to start over Arizona's Randy Johnson.
Schilling has 13 victories, one fewer than Kent Bottenfield of St. Louis. He is tied with Johnson for the league lead with seven complete games and is second to Johnson in strikeouts. Schilling declined to confirm that he was Bochy's choice -- although he was seen accepting congratulations in the clubhouse after the game.
In another all-star development, Bochy was told by the NL office that Mark McGwire has to start at first base since he voted in by the fans. Bochy wanted to use McGwire as his DH, but instead will use the Astros' Jeff Bagwell.
OOPS: A baseball tossed to a Padres fan by Rangers RF Juan Gonzalez turned out to be embarrassing for the Rangers.
Deborah Calimlin had been asking Gonzalez for a ball during Saturday's game. When he tossed her one, the words "Here's your . . . ball, redneck" were written on it.
The woman turned the ball over to a Padres official, who showed it to Rangers spokesman Brad Horn.
Gonzalez had nothing to do with the inscription, Horn said. Horn said OFs Ruben Mateo and Rusty Greer were having problems getting balls thrown to them from the bullpen so they could warm up in the field between innings.
When the bullpen finally threw out a ball, it was the one with the offending message, which Horn said was written by bullpen C Ken Guthrie. The message was intended for Greer.
The Rangers will make a formal apology to Calimlin and plan to give her a ball autographed by Gonzalez.