Verlander, Ryu starting pitchers in All-Star Game

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander was named as the starting pitcher for the American League squad in tonight’s All-Star Game in Cleveland. This will be Verlander’s second career All-Star Game start and his first as a member of the Astros. Prior to this year, four other Astros hurlers have started in the All-Star Game: J.R. Richard (1980); Mike Scott (1987); Roger Clemens (2004); and Dallas Keuchel (2015).

CLEVELAND — Justin Verlander will start the All-Star Game for the American League for the second time, and Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his first start for the National League.

Verlander, a 36-year-old right-hander, is 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA this year for the Houston Astros, striking out 153 in 126 2/3 innings.

He allowed five runs in the first inning during the 2012 All-Star Game at Kansas City, including the first-bases loaded triple in All-Star history, to Pablo Sandoval. Verlander, who played for the Detroit Tigers, threw five pitches clocked at 100 mph and another at 101 during a 35-pitch inning.

Prior to this year, four other Astros hurlers have started in the All-Star Game: J.R. Richard (1980); Mike Scott (1987); Roger Clemens (2004); and Dallas Keuchel (2015).

With Verlander given the starting nod, four Astros players will now start in this year’s All-Star Game, more than any other MLB club this season and the most in franchise history. The Astros have six 2019 All-Stars overall, which is also the most of any club this season and matches the most in club history (2017-18).

Ryu, a 32-year-old left-hander from South Korea, is 10-2 with a major league-leading 1.73 ERA for the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the second Asian All-Star starter after Dodgers rookie Hideo Nomo of Japan in 1995.

Houston’s George Springer leads off and plays right field for the AL and is followed in the batting order by New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana, Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez, Houston third baseman Alex Bregman, Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez, Astros left fielder Michael Brantley and Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco.

Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich tops the NL order and plays left field. Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Báez hits second, followed by Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell at designated hitter, Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras, Arizona second baseman Ketel Marte and Atlanta center fielder Ronald Acuña Jr.

The 90th MLB All-Star Game will be played at 6:30 tonight and will be televised live on Fox.

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