Dominican right-hander Johnny Cueto, of the San Francisco Giants, and left-hander Chris Sale, of the Chicago White Sox, will open the big duel this Tuesday of the All-Star Game in Major League Baseball, to be held in San Diego, California .
Cueto (13-1) with a 2.47 ERA will be in charge of throwing the first pitch for the National League team, while Sale (14-3) with a 3.38 earned runs will do it for the whole of the American League.
The ‘Old Circuit’ dominates the hostilities with a balance of 43-42, with two draws, but the American has won the last three editions.
Last year’s midseason classic resulted in a 6×3 Young Circuit victory, thanks to home runs by Mike Trout (Angels) and Brian Dozier (Twins).
As is customary today, Latino players once again occupy a prominent place in the fanbase, responsible for choosing the starters.
Led by Venezuelan catcher Salvador Pérez (Royals), for the American League, and Cuban Yoenis Céspedes (Mets), for the National League, Latino players will have a wide participation in the 87th All-Star Game with 29 players between the two teams .
Céspedes (injury), who was already replaced by the Venezuelan Carlos González, was going to be the only starter for the ‘Old Circuit’, while Pérez, the Cuban-American Eric Hosmer (Royals), the Venezuelan José Altuve (Astros), Aruban Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox), Dominican-American Manny Machado and David Ortiz (Red Sox).
For the reserves in the American League, Venezuelan Miguel Cabrera (Tigres), Dominicans Robinson Canó (Marineros), Eduardo Núñez (Twins) and Edwin Encarnación (Blue Jays) were called, as well as Puerto Ricans Carlos Beltrán (Yankees) and Francisco Lindor ( Twins).
Venezuelans Wilson Ramos (Nationals), Carlos González (Rockies) and Odubel Herrera (Phillies), as well as Marcell Ozuna (Marlins) and Puerto Rican-Cuban Nolan Arenado (Rockies) were selected for the ‘Old Circuit’. .
The pitchers of the ‘Young Circuit’ were the Quisqueyanos Dellin Betances (Yankees), Alexander Colomé (Rays), Kelvin Herrera (Royals) and Danny Salazar (Indians), as well as the Mexican Marco Estrada (Blue Jays).
For the National, the selected pitchers were the Puerto Rican-American Jake Arrieta (Cubs), the Dominicans Jeurys Familia (Mets), Cueto (Giants) and Fernando Rodney (Marlins), the Colombian Julio Teherán (Braves) and the Cuban José Fernández ( Marlins).
The League that wins the game guarantees the condition of opening the team from that circuit that goes to the World Series at home. (AFP).
– Alignments for the All-Star Game:
American League starters:
C: Salvador Perez (VEN)
1B: Eric Hosmer (CUB)
2B: Jose Altuve (VEN)
SS: Xander Bogaerts
3B: Manny Machado (DOM)
OF: Mike Trout
OF: Jackie Bradley Jr.
OF: Mookie Betts
DH: David Ortiz (DOM)
L: Chris Sale
National League starters:
C: Buster Posey
1B: Anthony Rizzo
2B: Ben Zobrist
3B: Kris Bryant
SS: Addison Russell
OF: Carlos Gonzalez (VEN)
OF: Marcell Ozuna (DOM)
OF: Bryce Harper
L: Johnny Cueto (DOM)