MLB All-Star game lacks star power without Bumgarner, Kershaw and Strasburg
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MLB All-Star game lacks star power without Bumgarner, Kershaw and Strasburg
Tuesday July 12th, 2016

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The 87th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday night in San Diego’s Petco Park, pitting the American League against the National League with home field advantage in the World Series once again on the line. Last year, the AL beat the NL, 6–3, for its third straight win, with Angels superstar Mike Trout winning MVP honors for a second consecutive year. Can the NL end its losing streak? Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know heading into the game.

Venue: Petco Park, San Diego
First Pitch: 8:16 p.m. ET

Managers: Terry Collins, Mets (NL); Ned Yost, Royals (AL)

For the first time in All-Star history, the host team’s league will be the visitor. That’s because the NL was the home team last year at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. With the exception of an odd period from 1951 to '62, the home team for the All-Star Game has alternated every year, with the venue corresponding to the league. But from 2015 through '18, the game will be in an NL park every year; Miami ('17) and Washington ('18) are up next.

With home field advantage in the World Series tied to the outcome of the All-Star Game, MLB has opted to uncouple the home team from the home field in the game itself in order to keep things fair. The NL will once again be the home team next year at Marlins Park, and the AL will be the home team at Nationals Park in 2018.

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Starting Pitchers: Johnny Cueto, RHP, Giants (13–1, 2.47 ERA) vs. Chris Sale, LHP, White Sox (14–3, 3.38 ERA)

An All-Star for the fifth consecutive year, Sale will be making his first Midsummer Classic start. He deserves it, as he has been the best pitcher in the AL this season. Sale did not appear in last year’s game but factored heavily into the previous two. In 2013, he was the first man out of the AL bullpen and worked two scoreless innings to pick up the win. In 2014, he entered with the AL leading 3–2 in the top of the fourth but gave up a run to earn a very early blown save.

Cueto is starting in large part because the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw is injured and San Francisco teammate Madison Bumgarner pitched on Sunday and is thus ineligible to play in this game. Cueto's only other All-Star season was 2014, but he did not get into that year’s game, so this start will mark his All-Star debut.