Chris Sale, Johnny Cueto to start All-Star Game in San Diego

Already named an All-Star, Sale (14-3) was announced as the American League starting pitcher on Monday.

Cueto, 30, tops NL pitchers in victories. Cueto has been an essential part of the Giants' dominance: individually, Cueto has a 13-1 record as a starter, and the team has gone 16-2 across his 18 games started. He has won 10 consecutive decisions since an April 21 loss.

"For me, it was a real easy choice", American League manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals said.

"This guy has pitched the best in this first half of the season", Collins said. "But I'm very happy".

For the second time in five All-Star Games, there will be an all-Giants battery starting the Midsummer Classic.

NL manager Terry Collins of the New York Mets will counter with Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist leading off, followed by Washington right fielder Bryce Harper, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, San Diego's Wil Myers at designated hitter, Posey catching, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Miami center fielder Marcell Ozuna, Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. "Chris being in my division (AL Central), I've had a chance to watch him really develop into a superstar pitcher".

Ozuna and Gonzalez are replacements for the Cubs' Dexter Fowler and the Mets' Yoenis Cespedes, who are hurt. During his junior campaign, Sale posted an 11-0 record with a 2.01 ERA over 17 games.

"I definitely appreciate this one as much as any", Sale said.

With the game being played in San Diego, the tributes to former Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn will be going on throughout the next two days. I quit that day, and I haven't touched it since.

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