Dodgers’ southpaw Clayton Kershaw will take the bump for the National League All-Stars to open tonight’s All-Star Game in front of the home crowd. Kershaw is joined by fellow Dodgers Mookie Betts and Trea Turner in the NL’s starting lineup.
Shohei Ohtani will be the first American League hitter to face Kershaw as he leads off for the AL All-Star team for the second straight season. Tampa Bay Rays starter Shane McClanahan will oppose Kershaw as the starting pitcher for the AL.
Chicago will be represented in both starting lineups tonight, with Willson Contreras starting behind the dish and hitting sixth for the NL All-Star team and Tim Anderson playing shortstop and hitting seventh for the AL All-Star Team.
The American League All-Stars have won eight straight Midsummer Classics, so the home team will be looking to win their first ASG since they won 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium in 2012.
New All-Star Game Tie Breaker
If tonight’s ASG is tied after nine innings, there will be no extra innings. Instead, each manager will select three batters to participate in a Home Run Derby, and each hitter will get three swings. The team with the highest total after three rounds wins. Here are some more details:
- Play will be paused briefly for the grounds crew to reconfigure the field.
- Each participant will get three swings to hit as many home runs as possible.
- Participants can take any amount of pitches without it counting against their swing total.
- The AL will hit first as the visiting team, and the NL will hit second. Teams will alternate hitters for three rounds.
- After three rounds have been completed, the team with the most home runs will be declared the winner of the All-Star Game.
- In the event of a tie (after three rounds), a head-to-head format will take place until the tie is broken, which would look like a swing-off with the selected hitters from each side going swing-for-swing until the tie is broken.
Here’s who would participate if the game is tied after nine innings tonight:
- Ty France (SEA)
- Julio Rodríguez (SEA)
- Kyle Tucker (HOU)
- Pete Alonso (NYM)
- Ronald Acuña Jr. (ATL)
- Kyle Schwarber (PHI)
Maybe we’ll see Julio Rodríguez get to crush some more bombs at Dodger Stadium tonight!
- First Pitch: 6:00 CT
- TV: FOX
- Radio: ESPN
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- Betting Odds: Money Line – AL (-1.5), O/U – 7.5
National League: Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.13 ERA, 9.42 K/9)
American League: Shane McClanahan (10-3, 1.71 ERA, 11.95 K/9)
1. Ronald Acuña Jr., RF (ATL)
2. Mookie Betts, CF (LAD)
3. Manny Machado, 3B (SD)
4. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (STL)
5. Trea Turner, SS (LAD)
6. Willson Contreras, C (CHC)
7. William Contreras, DH (ATL)
8. Joc Pederson, LF (SF)
9. Jeff McNeil, 2B (NYM)
1. Shohei Ohtani, DH (LAA)
2. Aaron Judge, RF (NYY)
3. Rafael Devers, 3B (BOS)
4. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B (TOR)
5. Giancarlo Stanton, LF (NYY)
6. Byron Buxton, CF (MIN)
7. Tim Anderson, SS (CWS)
8. Andrés Giménez, 2B (CLE)
9. Alejandro Kirk, C (TOR)