The 2019 All-Star Game is set for Tuesday night at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. It’s the 90th edition of the Midsummer Classic and finishes off this year’s All-Star festivities after Sunday’s Futures Game and Monday’s Home Run Derby. Justin Verlander of the Astros is starting on the mound for the American League, and he’ll face Hyun-jin Ryu of the Dodgers for the National League.
Tuesday’s game marks the first time an American League team has hosted the All-Star Game since 2014. The AL leads all-time, edging out the NL 44-43 with two ties. As far as total runs scored, the AL leads in that category tooth 369 runs to NL’s 367. The AL has won six straight All-Star Games and 10 of the past 13, they’ll go for their seventh straight win on Tuesday. The last NL win was in 2012, 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
The Houston Astros have the most All-Stars of any team with six: George Springer, Alex Bregman, Michael Brantley, Justin Verlander, Ryan Pressly and Gerrit Cole. The All-Stars who will receive the biggest cheers will be the hometown Indians, of which there are four: shortstop Francisco Lindor, first baseman Carlos Santana (who also participated in the Home Run Derby), reliever Brad Hand and starting pitcher Shane Bieber.
There is a rule change to this year’s edition of the All-Star Game: If the game goes to extra innings, the 10th inning (and on) will start with a runner on second base each time.
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