Guthrie to represent MLB in trip to Taiwan
All-Stars will take on Chinese Taipei five times in November
BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is among several Major League players taking part in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series next month.
MLB and the players' association announced the majority of the MLB All-Star team on Friday, with Guthrie listed as one of six pitchers who will play against the Chinese Taipei national team.
The Taiwan All-Star Series will consist of five games played between Nov. 1-6 in three different cities -- New Taipei City (Xinzhuang Stadium) on Nov. 1, Taichung (Intercontinental Stadium) on Nov. 3 and 4 and Kaohsiung (Chengcing Lake Stadium) on Nov. 5 and 6. Each game will feature MLB All-Stars playing the Chinese Taipei national team and all games will be broadcast live in Taiwan by FTV, Major League Baseball's exclusive over-the-air broadcaster for regular season and postseason games.
The ace of the Orioles' staff, Guthrie went 9-17 with a 4.33 ERA in 32 starts (34 games) in 2011. Over his career, he has gone 47-65 with a 4.19 ERA in eight Major League seasons, the last five of which have been with Baltimore.
The rest of the roster is headlined by Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson -- who led the Majors in runs scored (136) and ranked second in the Majors with 41 home runs -- and his teammate Robinson Cano, who was second in the American League with 118 RBIs. Tigers first baseman and AL batting champion (.344) Miguel Cabrera, currently playing in the American League Championship Series, will make the trip subject to his postseason commitments. The roster also consists of 2011 All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who guided San Francisco to its first world championship since 1954 in 2010, will manage the MLB All-Stars. Bochy's coaching staff will be comprised of Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, Giants bullpen catcher Billy Hayes, Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Tampa Bay Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton. The remainder of the roster will be announced in the coming weeks.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.