MIAMI - Chris Sale and Max Scherzer were named starting pitchers for the American and National League All-Star teams on Monday.
For Sale, it's his second consecutive start in the Midsummer Classic, but first in a Boston Red Sox uniform. The hard-throwing left-hander started last year as a Chicago White Sox.
"I'm very appreciative of this," Sale said. "I've been very lucky to be where I am with the Boston Red Sox. ... I'd like to sit back and soak this in."
Scherzer of the Washington Nationals got the nod from NL manager Joe Maddon. Maddon's decision was made easier when Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched Sunday, making him ineligible for Tuesday's game at Marlins Park.
"This is such an incredible nod," said Scherzer. "When they managers gives you the nod, it's the icing on the cake."
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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.
The two power pitchers lead their respective league in strikeouts. Sale leads the AL with 178 and Scherzer with 173.
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