MLB All-Star Game Lineups: Chris Sale, Max Scherzer Get Starting Nods

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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:

1. Charlie Blackmon, CF
2. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. Buster Posey, C
5. Daniel Murphy, 2B
6. Nolan Arenado, 3B
7. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
8. Marcell Ozuna, LF
9. Zack Cozart, SS

Max Scherzer, P

And for the AL:

1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Jose Ramirez, 3B
3. Aaron Judge, RF
4. George Springer, LF
5. Carlos Correa, SS
6. Justin Smoak, 1B
7. Corey Dickerson, DH
8. Salvador Perez, C
9. Mookie Betts, CF

Chris Sale, P

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