The 2015 MLB All-Star Game is upon us, with the American League seeking a third consecutive win over the National League in the midsummer classic. The 86th All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ballpark, the first such game in Cincinnati since 1988.
Ned Yost is managing his first All-Star Game, the byproduct of winning the AL pennant in 2014. The Kansas City Royals enter the break with the best record in the AL, and Yost has three of his players in the starting lineup -- catcher Salvador Perez, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar.
Kansas City had a fourth elected starter as well, but outfielder Alex Gordon is out with a strained groin. Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles will start in his place for the AL.
The Mike Moustakas and relief pitchers Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera on the AL squad, giving Yost plenty of familiar faces.also have third baseman
Bruce Bochy is managing his fourth All-Star team, and his third in the last five years for the NL, one for each of his three World Series trophies with the San Francisco Giants. Bochy will lean on his catcher Buster Posey, in his third All-Star Game and second start in the midsummer classic.
Posey and Bochy are joined by fellow Giants teammates Madison Bumgarner, second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford.
Dallas Keuchel gets the call to start on the mound for the AL after leading his Houston Astros to a surprising first half. Keuchel is 11-4 with a 2.23 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 137⅓ innings, leading the AL in wins and innings pitched. The Astros enter the break at 49-42, second place in the AL West.
Zack Greinke starts for the NL, entering the All-Star break with a 35⅔-inning scoreless streak. The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander is 8-2 with a 1.39 ERA. That ERA is not only tops in the majors but is the lowest at the All-Star break with a minimum of 100 innings since 1968, when Bob Gibson (1.06), Luis Tiant (1.24) and Don Drysdale (1.37) were all below 1.40 in the Year of the Pitcher.
Other injured All-Star starters include Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday. That quartet was replaced in the lineups by Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, respectively.
The NL leads the all-time series 43-40-2, though the AL has won the last two All-Star Games.
MLB All-Star Game schedule (all times Eastern)
3 p.m.: All-Star red carpet introductions (MLB Network, MLB.com)
5 p.m.: MLB Whiparound, with Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas and Pete Rose (Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Go)
7 p.m.: Pre-game show, with Burkhardt, Thomas and Rose (FOX, Fox Sports Go)
7:30 p.m.: 86th MLB All-Star Game, with Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci on the call along with reporters Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews (FOX, Fox Sports Go)
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