Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland officially tabbed Max Scherzer as the starting pitcher for the American League for Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Scherzer became a likely candidate for the start after starting the season 13-0, the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to accomplish such a feat, before suffering his first loss Saturday against the Texas Rangers. That puts him at 13-1 with a 3.19 ERA. Scherzer ranks first in the AL in wins (13), second in strikeouts (152), second in WHIP (0.98) and first in win percentage (92.9%). He will be the eighth Tigers pitcher to start the All-Star Game. Jim Bunning did it three times (1957, 1961-62) and notched the only victory for a Detroiter (in ’57). Jack Morris earned two starts (1981, 1985) and was the losing pitcher in ’85. Justin Verlander (2012) and Mark Fidrych (1976) lost their only starts. Others to start the game (with no decision) were Kenny Rogers (2006), Denny McLain (1966) and Hal Newhouser (1947). New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will start for the National League. Game time is 8:30 Tuesday night.
Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer tabbed to start All-Star Game for AL
Detroit Free Press | Jul 15