AL’s Chris Sale, NL’s Max Scherzer to start all-star game

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - RON­ALD BLUM MIAMI

— Chris Sale will be­come the first pitcher to make con­sec­u­tive Ma­jor League Baseball all-star starts rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent teams.

The Bos­ton Red Sox ace will start Tuesday night’s game for the Amer­i­can League, and Wash­ing­ton’s Max Scherzer will open for the Na­tional League.

Then with the Chicago White Sox, Sale pitched the first in­ning of last year’s game at San Diego and al­lowed a two-out home run to Kris Bryant. Sale was traded in De­cem­ber for top prospects. Sale will be the 16th pitcher to make con­sec­u­tive all-star starts, the first since Ari­zona’s Randy John­son in 200001 and the first in the AL since Toronto’s Dave Stieb in 1983-84.

Born in Lake­land, which is about 385 kilo­me­tres north­west of Miami, Sale is 11-4 with a 2.75 ERA and a ma­jor-league-lead­ing 178 strike­outs in 127 2/3 in­nings.

Scherzer also will be mak­ing his sec­ond all-star start. Then with Detroit, he pitched a per­fect in­ning at New York’s Citi Field in 2013, when Sale fol­lowed with a pair of 1-2-3 in­nings and got the win.

Scherzer will be the fifth pitcher to start all-star games for both leagues, fol­low­ing Vida Blue, Roger Cle­mens, Roy Hal­la­day and John­son. Scherzer is 10-5 with a 2.10 ERA and 173 strike­outs.

Los An­ge­les Dodgers ace Clay­ton Ker­shaw, 14-2 with a 2.18 ERA, is in­el­i­gi­ble to pitch in the all-star game be­cause he started Sun­day.

NL man­ager Joe Mad­don’s bat­ting or­der has Colorado cen­tre­fielder Char­lie Black­mon pen­cilled in to lead off, fol­lowed by Miami’s Gian­carlo Stan­ton as the des­ig­nated hit­ter. Wash­ing­ton right-fielder Bryce Harper is third, fol­lowed by San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, Wash­ing­ton sec­ond base­man Daniel Murphy, Colorardo third base­man Nolan Are­nado, Wash­ing­ton first base­man Ryan Zim­mer­man, Miami left-fielder Mar­cell Ozuna and Cincin­nati short­stop Zack Cozart.

AL man­ager Brad Mills hits Hous­ton sec­ond base­man Jose Al­tuve lead­off. This is fol­lowed by Cleve­land third base­man Jose Ramirez, New York Yan­kees right­fielder Aaron Judge, Hous­ton’s Ge­orge Springer in left, Astros short­stop Car­los Cor­rea, Toronto first base­man Justin Smoak, Tampa Bay des­ig­nated hit­ter Corey Dick­er­son, Kansas City catcher Sal­vador Perez and Bos­ton’s Mookie Betts in cen­tre.

Mills, Cleve­land’s bench coach, took over as AL man­ager af­ter In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona had a pro­ce­dure last week to cor­rect an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat.

RON BLUM, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Amer­i­can Lea­guer Chris Sale of the Bos­ton Red Sox, left, poses Mon­day with Na­tional Lea­guer Max Scherzer of the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als.

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