Pitchers could dominate All Star Game Tuesday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AP) -- The Cardinals' Adam Wainwright and Seattle's Felix Hernandez will be the starting pitcher for the All-Star game Tuesday night in Minnesota. Wainwright rolled through the first half of the season with a 12-4 mark, tying for the major league lead in victories. His 1.83 ERA is tops in the majors.

Hernandez tops the American League with a 2.12 ERA. He posted an 11-2 mark in the first half. Hernandez becomes just the second Seattle pitcher to start an All-Star game.

In the bullpen for the NL will be defending Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who already has tossed a no-hitter this year. He's 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and fresh off a 41-inning scoreless streak that ended last week.

"It's going to be great catching them," said Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy, the NL starter behind the plate. "A lot more fun than facing them."

When baseball's elite met at Citi Field last year, NL batters managed just three hits in a 3-0 loss. A year earlier in Kansas City, the AL had just six hits in an 8-0 defeat.

The game marks the last time Derek Jeter will appear in an All-Star game. The New York shortstop is retiring at the end of the season and will be making his 14th appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic.


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