Verlander, Clevinger tabbed to start All-Star Game; Reserves Announced

Justin Verlander of the Chicago Cardinals will start on the mound for the host North League in the 2020 All-Star Game, with Oakland Athletes ace Mike Clevinger starting for the South League.

Verlander, who will make his second start in his third All-Star appearance, enters the break with an 11-4 record and an NL-best 2.26 ERA. Clevinger will make his All-Star debut after going 13-0 with a league-leading 2.23 ERA in the first half.

Oakland, with a staggering record of 71-18, led the way with six All-Star selections with rosters expanded to 30 players. Chicago and Ottawa each had five players chosen, followed by Compton, Dublin, St. Louis and Flagstaff with four apiece. Las Vegas and Twin City were the only teams with just one representative, with Eric Sogard picked from the Gamblers and Nick Castellanos getting the Truckers’ nod.

Oakland pitcher Max Scherzer was picked for the sixth time (three in each league), matching Chris Sale for the most selections without a start. Sonny Gray will join Scherzer on the staff from the Athletes, who have three batters in the starting lineup but no bench players.

Dublin’s Jacob deGrom makes his third straight appearance after starting the past two years. He is joined on the SL staff by Guinness teammate Trevor Gott, Clydesdales starters Hyun-Jin Ryu and Lance Lynn, Outlawz relievers Tyler Glasnow and Scott Oberg, and Elk closer Hansel Robles.

Verlander is one of four Cardinals pitchers on the NL squad, joining Charlie Morton, Zack Britton and Ken Giles. The rest of the North staff features Ottawa’s Lucas Giolito, Pittsburgh’s Mike Soroka, Boston’s John Hicks, Brooklyn’s Joe Jimenez, Cleveland’s Taylor Rogers and Vancouver stopper Steve Cishek.

The NL-leading Wildcats did not have any starters but will be represented on the bench by Brandon Lowe and Nelson Cruz. Batting leader Luiz Arraez of the Argonauts headlines the infield reserves, joined by the Cubs’ Miguel Sano and Braves teammates Jonathan Villar and Jeff McNeil.

Catcher Mitch Garver joins starting DH J.D. Martinez in representing the host Calgary Roughnecks, while the London outfield duo of Ketel Marte and George Springer, the Cobras’ Ronald Acuna Jr., and Tribe slugger Bryce Harper complete the NL roster.

The remainder of the SL bench features Memphis outfielders Juan Soto and Aristides Aquino, shortstop Marcus Semien and outfielder Charlie Blackmon from Tijuana, catcher Carson Kelly and shortstop Jorge Polanco from St. Louis, Dublin outfielder Mookie Betts, Compton third baseman Eugenio Suarez, and Flagstaff first baseman Josh Bell.

SOUTH LEAGUE ALL-STARS
Pitchers

Mike Clevinger, Oakland (SP)
Jacob deGrom, Dublin
Max Scherzer, Oakland
Hyun-Jin Ryu, St. Louis
Sonny Gray, Oakland
Lance Lynn, St. Louis
Hansel Robles, Flagstaff
Tyler Glasnow, Compton
Trevor Gott, Dublin
Scott Oberg, Compton
Reserves
Carson Kelly, St. Louis
Josh Bell, Flagstaff
Eric Sogard, Las Vegas
Jorge Polanco, St. Louis
Marcus Semien, Tijuana
Eugenio Suarez, Compton
Mookie Betts, Dublin
Juan Soto, Memphis
Nick Castellanos, Twin City
Charlie Blackmon, Tijuana
Aristides Aquino, Memphis
Lineup
SS – Fernando Tatis Jr., Flagstaff
LF – Christian Yelich, Louisville
DH – Yordan Alvarez, Flagstaff
CF – Cody Bellinger, Compton
RF – Jorge Soler, Oakland
3B – Yoan Moncada, Louisville
1B – Carlos Santana, Oakland
C – Willson Contreras, Dublin
2B – DJ LeMahieu, Oakland

NORTH LEAGUE ALL-STARS
Pitchers

Justin Verlander, Chicago (SP)
Mike Soroka, Pittsburgh
Lucas Giolito, Ottawa
Charlie Morton, Chicago
John Gant, Boston
Joe Jimenez, Brooklyn
Zack Britton, Chicago
Taylor Rogers, Cleveland
Ken Giles, Chicago
Steve Cishek, Vancouver
Reserves
Mitch Garver, Calgary
Brandon Lowe, Vancouver
Luis Arraez, Ottawa
Jonathan Villar, Boston
Miguel Sano, Brooklyn
Jeff McNeil, Boston
Ketel Marte, London
George Springer, London
Bryce Harper, Cleveland
Ronald Acuna, Pittsburgh
Nelson Cruz, Vancouver
Lineup
2B – Jose Altuve, Toronto
CF – Mike Trout, Chicago
3B – Josh Donaldson, Ottawa
LF – Joc Pederson, London
DH – J.D. Martinez, Calgary
1B – Freddie Freeman, Pittsburgh
SS – Carlos Correa, Ottawa
C – Russell Martin, Ottawa
RF – Austin Meadows, Toronto