Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer prevented the Rangers' Michael Young from achieving an All-Star first.

When Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera was forced out of Tuesday's game after one at-bat because of a strained oblique muscle, American League manager Ron Washington of the Rangers gave Cuddyer a choice of playing first or third.

"First base, 100 percent," said Cuddyer, who has only 14 games at third base since 2006.

It was then mentioned to Cuddyer that if Young played first, he would become the first player in All-Star history to appear at all four infield positions. That did not sway Cuddyer, uncomfortable with the idea of playing third in this game.