LOS ANGELES -- Lobbying for All-Stars isn't something manager Joe Torre likes to do often, but he thinks reliever Hong-Chih Kuo could be the exception. "Kuo [as a setup man] would be the one nobody pays attention to," Torre said. "I may make a call on his behalf, I'm not sure if it would be frowned on because there's very little that's left on the manager [to choose] anymore. We just voted this weekend on the whole team." Left-handers are 0-for-25 with 12 strikeouts off Kuo, who recorded five outs for a hold Saturday in a 9-4 win over the Yankees after being brought in specifically to face a righty, Derek Jeter. Kuo struck out Jeter swinging.
"You don't bring in too many left-handers to pitch to Derek Jeter," Torre said. Kuo, 2-1 with a 1.16 ERA, and closer Jonathan Broxton, 3-0 with 16 saves and a 0.83 ERA, have been almost equally as dominant, although Torre said he couldn't choose between the two for the All-Star Game. "I'll throw my hands up, say you can't make a bad choice," Torre said. "Brox has made it. To me, I always used to get a kick out of those guys making the club for the first time."
This year would be Kuo's first All-Star selection.