2022 MLB All-Star Sport beginning lineup: Clayton Kershaw will get Dodger Stadium nod towards AL’s Shane McClanahan

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SATISFACTION

The 2022 MLB All-Star Game will be held Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. It’s the 92nd edition of the Midsummer Classic and the American League enters on an eight-game winning streak. The AL has won 20 of the last 24 All-Star games, though the AL’s lead in the all-time series is a modest 46-43-2. Recently, however, the MLB All-Star Game has been one-sided.

On Monday afternoon, the two All-Star managers — Dusty Baker of the Astros and Brian Snitker of defending World Series Braves champions — announced each roster’s starting lineup and starting pitcher. Here is the starting line-up for the AL team, which will be the home side despite the game being played at an NL stadium:

  1. DH Shohei Ohtani, Angel
  2. RF Aaron Richter, Yankees
  3. 3B Rafael Devers, Red Sox
  4. 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
  5. LF Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees
  6. CF Byron Buxton, Twins (replaces injured Mike Trout)
  7. SS Tim Anderson, White Sox
  8. 2B Andres Gimênez, Guardians (replacing injured Jose Altuve)
  9. C. Alejandro Kirk, Blue Jays

SP Shane McClanahan, Rays

McClanahan, our unanimous midseason AL CY Young winnerShe gets the starting nod via Ohtani. Ohtani has never left the bullpen in his MLB career and it’s unknown if he will serve in the All-Star Game. As a reminder, the fans are voting for the All-Star Game seeders. The starting pitcher is selected by the manager. Here is the starting line-up of the NL:

  1. RF Ronald Coin Jr., Braves
  2. CF Mookie Betts, Dodgers
  3. 3B Manny Machado, Padres
  4. 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals
  5. SS Trea Turner, Dodgers
  6. C Willson Contreras, boys
  7. DH William Contreras, Braves (replacing injured Bryce Harper)
  8. LF Joc Pederson, Giants
  9. 2B Jeff McNeil, Mets (replaces injured Jazz Chisholm)

SP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

A Dodgers legend gets the ball at the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. How cool is that? Kershaw is the first pitcher to start the All-Star Game at his home ballpark since Max Scherzer started at Nationals Park in 2018. Marlin’s righty Sandy Alcantara and Kershaw’s teammate Tony Gonsolin would have also been worthy All-Star Game starters, but Snitker might not miss Kershaw in LA. It’s hard to imagine a better baseball theater.

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