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Verlander Named All Star Game Starter

Verlander will start the All Star Game for the 2nd time

July 08, 2019 - 12:09 pm

Justin Verlander will be the American League's starting pitcher for Tuesday night's Major League Baseball All Star Game, American League manager, Boston's Alex Cora announced Monday.

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Verlander, 36, finished the first half of the season 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA. He becomes the second oldest starting pitcher in All Star Game history, trailing 41-year old Kenny Rogers in 2006. He is third in the American League in wins and ERA, while second in innings pitched (126.2) and strikeouts (153). Tuesday will mark the second time Verlander has started the midsummer classic, with the other coming in 2012. The last Astros pitcher to start the All Star Game was Dallas Keuchel in 2015.

Verlander joins George Springer, Alex Bregman, and Michael Brantley in the American League starting lineup, giving the Astros four starters for the first time in franchise history.

Gerrit Cole and Ryan Pressly were also named to the American League's pitching staff.