The first and last pitch of the All-Star game could well be "New York, New York."

Young ace Matt Harvey of the Mets will start for the National League on his home mound. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, in his final season, may well finish for the American League.

"Having the opportunity to take the ball is something I'll never forget," Harvey said Monday.

On July 16 last year, Harvey was pitching for Triple-A Buffalo against Toledo before 5,885 fans at Coca-Cola Field. On Tuesday, he'll be starting against Detroit's Max Scherzer in front of a sellout crowd at Citi Field and a worldwide television audience.

At 24, Harvey is the youngest All-Star starting pitcher since the Mets' Dwight Gooden in 1988, when he was 23. Harvey will be the first pitcher from the host team to start an All-Star game since Houston's Roger Clemens in 2004 and just the 11th overall.

"It really wouldn't have mattered what city we were playing in with the year that he's had, the impressive numbers that he's put up," said the Giants' Bruce Bochy," the N.L. manager. "He would have been the starting pitcher."

  • Clayton Kershaw was not offended that Bochy picked Harvey to start the All-Star game in his home park. But the Dodgers ace told the Los Angeles Times he was not thrilled by Bochy's comment that Harvey merited the start no matter where the game would be played.


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    "That's his opinion," Kershaw said curtly.

    Kershaw added: "It hurts."

    Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and a league-high 147 strikeouts. Kershaw is 8-6 with a 1.98 ERA, best in the N.L.

    Bochy snubbed Kershaw for the start and omitted Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig from the roster, although he did select Puig as one of five finalists for the "Final Vote" balloting, which Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves won, beating out Puig.

    Bochy laughed off a suggestion that his All-Star choices had sent his popularity plummeting among Dodgers fans. "I don't think I was that popular in the first place," he said.

    Bochy on Biogenesis: Bochy was asked how the rumored suspension of players in the Biogenesis scandal would affect the mood at the All-Star festivities.

    "I'll just say this," he said. "I totally -- and baseball, the players, coaches, managers, we all are 100 percent behind MLB and cleaning up this game and just try to eliminate any kind of drugs that these players get involved with. And so we're behind this, and hopefully when this investigation is over, we can move on, move forward, and it's a shame we have to deal with this now. And to be honest, I'm not thinking about that. This is where my focus is."

    Phillies: Outfielder Ben Revere will have surgery Tuesday on his broken right foot and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

    Yankees: Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a 400-foot home run in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton.

    Correspondent Mike Tully contributed to this report.