Seattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.

MINNEAPOLIS — To no one's surprise, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was named the American League starter in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

But Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had a much tougher choice and ultimately went with his own pitcher, Adam Wainwright, over Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw as the National League starter.

"This is one of the coolest things I can ever say I did, to start a big-league All-Star Game," Wainwright said.

Matheny called it a "tough decision," and said it wasn't narrowed down to just Wainwright and Kershaw, the major league leader in ERA and WHIP.

So why go with Wainwright?

"From the leadership right down to the execution and day-in, day-out performance of what Adam has been able to do, it really is kind of an unfair advantage to the others," Matheny said. "The numbers line up, and it's obvious this is a high-caliber pitcher who I believe in some degree has never been given the amount of respect that he's due."

Paging Theo: Rays pitcher David Price may be traded by the end of the month, and it won't be to the Cubs. But Price will be a free agent after 2015, and when asked by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch if "immediate success" was a priority, he gave a surprising answer.

"Winning absolutely is something you want to do," Price said. "Being a part of something special is also something you want to do. You can take that to a first-place team. You could take that all the way to a last-place team like the Cubs.

"With the talent they have coming up they could be a very special team in a few years as well. ... They haven't done it in I'm not sure how long. To do that there, that would be the coolest city to win a championship in right now."

Derby Day: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is third in National League homers with 20, while White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu leads the majors with 29. Neither was in the Home Run Derby on Monday night, though Abreu was asked to participate by AL captain Jose Bautista.

"He asked me if I would be interested, and I had to think about it," Abreu said. "But coming into the season, that wasn't a goal of mine, that wasn't an objective — to hit in a Home Run Derby. If life gives me the opportunity in the future and I feel like it's the right opportunity, I'd be happy to. But this year, it wasn't something I felt interested in."

Rizzo understood why he wasn't asked, since he didn't make the NL team until the Final Vote.

"Honestly I think I'm going to enjoy soaking it all in and being able to sit back and watch it," Rizzo said. "Obviously if the opportunity ever presented itself, I'd definitely love to. But I have no problem sitting back and watching the big boys hit some homers."