Sale, Scherzer to start All-Star Game for second straight year

For the second year in a row, Chris Sale of Boston and Max Scherzer of Washington will be the starting pitchers in the All-Star Game, the managers announced Monday.

American League manager AJ Hinch of the Houston Astros selected Sale to start Tuesday's game. This will be the third consecutive start for left-hander, who joins Lefty Gomez (American League, 1933-35) and Robin Roberts (National League, 1953-55) as the only pitchers to start three All-Star games in a row.

Sale is 10-4 on the season with a 2.23 ERA. The 29-year-old has started 20 games and struck out a league-high 188 batters in 129 innings.

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"Obviously, I appreciate it. It's a big honor," Sale told the media of earning another start. "I know this hasn't happened very often in a long time. I appreciate it. I'm going to try and have some fun with it. That's why we're all here, too. Grip and rip, and try to get a win."

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C – Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays

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1B – José Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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2B – José Altuve, Houston Astros

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SS – Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles

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3B – José Ramírez, Cleveland Indians

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OF – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

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OF – Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

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OF – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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DH – J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox

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Scherzer, 33, will start for the National League squad, managed by the Dodgers' Dave Roberts, in his home ballpark. The Nationals' right-hander is 12-5 in 20 starts on the year. His 182 strikeouts and 134 2/3 innings lead the NL.

He becomes the 12th pitcher to start an All-Star Game on his home field. The last one time that occurred was 2013, when former New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey started the game at Citi Field.

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C – Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs

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1B – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

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2B – Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs

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SS – Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants

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3B – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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OF – Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

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OF – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

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OF – Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

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Game time is at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday. Coverage begins on FOX at 7:30 p.m.

--Field Level Media

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