LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will make his National League debut Tuesday night in the first All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium since 1980, and Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan will be on the mound for the American League.
Shohei Ohtani, pitcher and slugger for the Los Angeles Angels, would be the first inning in the AL offensive order as the designated hitter. The Japanese was the starter on display last year, serving as DH in the AL’s 5-2 win in Denver.
Kershaw, 34, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, is 7-2 this season with 2.14 ERA and 75 strikes in 71 2/3 innings. Two years earlier, he was one of the key pieces as the Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988.
Kershaw, who surpassed Don Sutton in April on the team’s all-time strike chart, will be the third Dodgers pitcher to start in the last seven All-Star games, following in the footsteps of Jack Greinke and Hyun Jin Ryu in Cincinnati in 2015. 2019 in Cleveland. He will be the 13th pitcher to start at his own ballpark, and former teammate Max Scherzer did so in Washington in 2018.
In a matchup to the left, McClanahan would be the second Rays pitcher to start the All-Star Game since David Price at Anaheim in 2010. McLanahan, making his All-Star debut, is 10-3 and leads the Major with a 1.71 ERA, as well as 147 strikeouts in 110 2/3 innings.
Ohtani will be followed by right fielder Aaron Judge (Yankees), third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston), first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr (Toronto), left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees), center fielder Byron Buxton (Minnesota). ), shortstop Tim Anderson (White Sox), second baseman Andres Jiménez (Cleveland) and catcher Alejandro Kirk (Toronto).
Right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta) will be the leadoff hitter for the NL, followed by center fielder Mookie Bates (Dodgers), third baseman Manny Machado (San Diego), first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis), shortstop Tree Turner. (Dodgers), catcher Wilson Contreras (Cubs), designated hitter William Contreras (Atlanta), left fielder Jock Pedersen (San Francisco) and second baseman Jeff McNeil (Mets).
Wilson and William Contreras form the first sibling pair on the All-Star roster in the same year since Aaron and Brett Boone in 2003. The Contreras brothers are the fifth sibling to start in the All-Star Game, emulating Mort and Walker Cooper. In 1942 and ’43, Dixie and Harry Walker in 1947, Joe and Dom DiMaggio in 1949, and Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992.