MLB All-Star game 2017: Chris Sale officially named American League starting pitcher

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 10, 2017

To no one's surprise, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was this afternoon named as the starting pitcher for the National League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Miami.

It's the second consecutive year Sale has started the All-Star Game, as he threw the first inning of the 2016 Midsummer Classic as a member of the Chicago White Sox.

"He's impressive. I enjoy facing the best", Scherzer said of Judge. The hard-throwing left-hander started previous year as a Chicago White Sox.

It was a decision that was widely expected among those following Sale and the Red Sox so far in 2017. "I'd like to sit back and soak this in".

"This is such an incredible nod", said Scherzer.

With Scherzer as the starting pitcher for the NL, the NL East-leading Nationals will have four players in the league's starting lineup. "When they managers gives you the nod, it's the icing on the cake".

He will be the fifth pitcher to start for both the NL and American League, having started the 2013 game at Citi Field in NY while representing the Tigers.

Mookie Betts is also starting in the All-Star Game for the AL, replacing the injured Mike Trout as a starting outfielder. Then with Detroit, he pitched a flawless inning at New York's Citi Field in 2013, when Sale followed with a pair of 1-2-3 innings and got the win.

The two power pitchers lead their respective league in strikeouts. Scherzer is 10-5 with a 2.10 ERA and 173 strikeouts.

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