Justin Verlander, Matt Cain Named To Start MLB All-Star Game

Justin Verlander and Matt Cain have been named as the starting pitchers for Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Verlander was chosen by manager Ron Washington and will start for the American League while Cain will start for the National League.

The league will officially announce the starting pitchers and starting lineups on Monday afternoon. The move to hand Verlander the starting pitcher position shouldn’t come as a surprise, he would have started last season in Phoenix but had pitched the Sunday before the break. Verlander’s most recent start was a complete-game win over the Twins on July 4.

Throwing Justin Verlander into the mix couldn’t happen at a better location, Verlander’s Kauffman Statdium ERA is a very healthy 1.83. This season Verlander is 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA and he leads the Bigs in strikeouts and innings pitched.

Matt Cain is also having a great season with a 9-3 record and a 2.62 ERA. Last month Cain threw the 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history.

Fans of the MLB will be able to catch the 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game when it airs on Fox Sports (US), Rogers Sportsnews and RDS (Canada) and in more than 200 countries via the MLB International’s independent feed. The All-Star pregame ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.

If you want to get further involved with the MLB All-Star game you can visit MLB.com to vote for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player during the game.

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