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Sport AL's Sale, NL's Scherzer to start All-Star Game

04:40  11 july  2017
04:40  11 july  2017 Source:   ap.org

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Scherzer , who opens for the National League, tied for the NL high by giving up 31 homers last season and has allowed 13 this year. Sale will be the 16th pitcher to make consecutive All - Star starts , the first since Arizona' s Randy Johnson in 2000-01 and the first in the AL since Toronto' s Dave Stieb in

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MIAMI (AP) -- Chris Sale will become the first pitcher to make consecutive 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.

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American League All - Star Game starting pitcher Chris Sale , left, looks on as AL manager Brad Mills speaks during a press conference for the All - Star game in Miami Scherzer , who opens for the National League, tied for the NL high by giving up 31 homers last season and has allowed 13 this year.

Sale will be the 16th pitcher to make consecutive All-Star starts, the first since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2000-01 and the first in the AL since Toronto's Dave Stieb in 1983-84. Born in Lakeland, which is about 240 miles northwest of Miami, Sale is 11-4 with a 2.75 ERA and a major league-leading 178 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings.

"All my family lives here. Brothers, sisters, in-laws, parents, even my aunts and uncles and cousins," Sale said. "So to be able to be here not too far from where I live now is nice. I can have my family, extended family come down and experience this with me."

"At the end of the day this is something I'll never forget," he said. "This is something I'll be hopefully sitting in a rocking chair when I'm 80 years old telling my grandkids and great-grandkids and things like that."

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Scherzer , who opens for the National League, tied for the NL high by giving up 31 homers last season and has allowed 13 this year. Sale will be the 16th pitcher to make consecutive All - Star starts , the first since Arizona’ s Randy Johnson in 2000-01 and the first in the AL since Toronto’ s Dave Stieb in

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.

Sale and Scherzer took turns complimenting each other at Monday's announcement of the All-Star lineups.

"I love the way Chris goes out and competes. ... He'll do anything to win. He makes big-time pitches all the way -- even if he takes 120 pitches. By far he's been one of my favorite players, pitchers to watch. It's even better to compete against him," Scherzer said.

Sale echoed that sentiment.

"I could almost say the same thing. I don't know if I've seen a guy compete as hard as he competes day in and day out," Sale said. "The fire, the intensity, the role model he can be for kids coming up to kind of take the bull by the horns and just compete. It's fun."

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He also leads the NL in strikeouts with 182 while ranking third with his 2.41 ERA. This will be Scherzer ' s third All - Star Game start , having started last year' s game in Miami and the 2013 edition at Citi Field when he was with the Detroit Tigers. Sale leads the AL with a 2.24 ERA and has posted a

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Long before they turned pro, Sale and Scherzer both played for the La Crosse Loggers in a summer league in Wisconsin. They were there a couple years apart.

"So that's pretty interesting too. We've had some ties for a while and played against each other for a while, too," Sale said.

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 center fielder Charlie Blackmon leading 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, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Miami left fielder Marcell Ozuna and Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart.

Maddon said it was a "pretty easy decision" to slot Stanton as the DH.

"Looking at the breakdown of the team positionally, I thought to draw a DH out of the outfield was smart, or possibly a first baseman, having three outstanding first baseman," Maddon said. "And furthermore playing here under the circumstances I thought it was the right thing to do."

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The key for both Scherzer and Sale will be setting the tone for the rest of their respective pitching staffs. Each of the last five All - Star Games , all won The NL starting nine isn't terrible, but it fails to compare to what the AL brings to the plate, and it also feels like an odd order with Harper hitting sixth.

MIAMI -- Chris Sale will become the first pitcher to make consecutive 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.

AL manager Brad Mills hits Houston second baseman Jose Altuve leadoff, followed by Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez, New York Yankees right fielder 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 center.

Judge tops the majors with 30 home runs and is among the leaders in several other hitting categories. Mills said he wanted to see the rookie bat early -- and figured a lot of fans did, too.

"Where was I going to hit him in the lineup? It was a situation you wanted him to hit in the first inning because of the story he's been all year long," Mills said.

Sale and Scherzer were set to face big hitters in a homer-filled season.

"I give up my fair share of homers. You can check the book. It happens," Sale said. "If you let that creep in your mind, it's going to be a long night. I'm going to do the same thing I always have."

Scherzer is well aware that home runs are up.

"The way I've been looking at it, ball is flying for whatever reason. I really don't care," he said. "I've given up a lot of homers over the past year and a half."

"That's really been something that's been a thorn in my side. I've had to become a better pitcher, locate better. Because of the home run spike, I've dialed it in even more to try to make my location better to try to prevent them. I think I have a hand in it, in not letting them hit as many homers out, and that's made me a better pitcher," he said.

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Sale (188) and Scherzer (182) are the top two strikeout pitchers in the major leagues this season. Scherzer has a 2.41 ERA in 20 starts with the Nationals, leading the NL with 134⅔ innings. This is his his third All - Star Game start .

In a year when it seems just about everyone is a power hitter, Chris Sale and Max Scherzer know what awaits in Tuesday night' s All - Star Game . The American League' s starting batting order has combined for

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.

"Getting this responsibility is very humbling," Mills said. "I'm thrilled to be here. I definitely would love to have him sitting here in this chair."

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