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July 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Scherzer, Harvey to start All-Star Game

Detroit manager Jim Leyland and Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, along with former Angels chairman Jackie Autry, representing the American League

Detroit manager Jim Leyland and Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, along with former Angels chairman Jackie Autry, representing the American League

When Max Scherzer was hit on his left wrist by a batted ball on Saturday, there was some thought that might open the door  for Felix Hernandez to get the start for the American League in tomorrow’s All-Star Game. But manager Jim Leyland went with the expected choice and named Scherzer as his starter, announced today at a press conference at Citi Field. Scherzer said his wrist was sore but it wasn’t bad enough to stop him from pitching tomorrow.

Here’s the starting lineup for the American League

Mike Trout, Angels LF

Robinson Cano, Yankees 2B

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 3B

Chris Davis, Orioles 1B

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays RF

David Ortiz, Red Sox DH

Adam Jones, Orioles CF

Joe Maurer, Twins C

J.J. Hardy, Orioles SS

Max Scherzer RHP

Leyland named the pitcher by saying “13 and 1 Max Scherzer, and I don’t need to explain it more than that.” Nor did Bruce Bochy need much explanation for his starter, Mets phenom Matt Harvey. It really couldn’t, and shouldn’t, have been anyone else in the Mets home ballpark. Bochy said, “It really wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing, he would have been the starter.”

The NL lineup:

Brandon Phillips, Reds 2B

Carlos Beltran, Cardinals RF

Joey Votto, Reds 1B

David Wright, Mets, 3B

Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies, LF

Yadier Molina, Cardinals C

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies SS

Michael Cuddyer, Rockies DH

Bryce Harper, Nationals CF

Matt Harvey, Mets RHP

The press availability for the American League is coming up shortly, so I’ll have a post later on Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma and their All-Star experience so far.

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