Scherzer to start All-Star Game for National League

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Max Scherzer will take the mound for the National League as expected Tuesday night at the All-Star Game, with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts saying it's good for baseball and for the country to give him the ball. Scherzer (12-5) has a 2.41 ERA and a league-high 182 strikeouts.

Boston Red Sox lefthander Chris Sale opens for the American League, his third consecutive All-Star game start.

He and Scherzer are joining 13 other pitchers to start three All-Star games. Sale is the third pitcher to start three times in a row, following Lefty Gomez and Robin Roberts.

Roberts says New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom will follow Scherzer for the NL. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch says the New York Yankees' Luis Severino will come in after Sale, followed by the Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell.