7/14/2013 9:29 P.M. ET
Romo proud and grateful for All-Star nod
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- It's difficult to imagine a more appreciative All-Star than Giants closer Sergio Romo.
Romo was officially added to the National League squad on Sunday, along with Pirates right-hander Mark Melancon. Romo's good fortune was announced after a pair of initially selected pitchers, Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke and Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, were ruled inactive for Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at New York's Citi Field.
As Romo has ascended in status, he has retained the humbling memory of being a 28th-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. That shaped his reaction to earning his first All-Star berth.
"To be honest, I still feel like I weaseled my way into the big leagues," said Romo, who entered Sunday with 21 saves in 24 chances. "Everything that's happened, I feel very fortunate."
Romo, 30, plans to make the All-Star Game a family affair. Three generations of Romos will be present, as he'll be joined by his father, Frank, and oldest son, Rilen.
"It's a very proud moment," he said. "I never saw myself making an All-Star team. Now that it's happening, I'm very proud, and I'm proud that my teammates congratulated me and let me know that I'm deserving. To know that they feel I'm deserving, that's what's most gratifying about it."
Torrent of trivia accompanies Lincecum's no-no
SAN DIEGO -- Tim Lincecum's no-hitter on Saturday night prompted an avalanche of fun facts and figures.
Following is a sampling:
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last pitcher to accumulate as many walks (four) and strikeouts (13) in a no-hitter was Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. "The Express" walked eight and struck out 15 for the Angels against the Twins on Sept. 28, 1974, in his third of seven no-hitters.
• Lincecum's no-hitter was the first by a Giant on the road since John Montefusco shut down Atlanta on Sept. 29, 1976.
• Lincecum joined three more Hall of Famers -- Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax and Jim Palmer -- as the only pitchers to throw a no-hitter, win multiple Cy Young Awards and perform for a World Series winner.
• The Padres took their fourth no-hit defeat at home (Bud Smith, A.J. Burnett and Dock Ellis preceded Lincecum) and their first at Petco Park.
• San Francisco has scored at least eight runs in its last four no-hit victories. The final score in Montefusco's game was 9-0; Jonathan Sanchez's no-no over the Padres on July 10, 2009, was an 8-0 affair; and Matt Cain's perfect game against Houston on June 13, 2012, resulted in a 10-0 final.
• Lincecum was the losing pitcher when Cincinnati's Homer Bailey no-hit the Giants on July 2. According to Elias, the only other Major Leaguer to lose to an opponent's no-hit effort before throwing one himself was Brooklyn's Mal Eason in 1906.
Bochy sets rotation for second half
SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Chad Gaudin will open the season's second half for the Giants, whose post-All-Star-break rotation was announced by manager Bruce Bochy after the club's 10-1 loss to the Padres.
Slated to pitch on Friday against Arizona, Gaudin will be followed by Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito. Zito's start coincides with the July 23 doubleheader against the Reds that was forced by the July 4 postponement at Cincinnati.
The order of the rotation could change, depending on whether Bumgarner pitches for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game at New York's Citi Field. He might receive another day of rest in the unlikely event that he pitches multiple innings against the American League.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.