Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw won’t be eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday because he is starting on Sunday against the Royals, his normal turn through the rotation, ESPN reports. Kershaw will need to be replaced on the National League All-Star roster, but a replacement hasn’t yet been named.
Kershaw, 29, was named to his seventh consecutive All-Star team. He’s currently sporting a 13-2 record with a 2.19 ERA and a 146/22 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings.
Kershaw could start on Friday against the Marlins as well, the first game back after the All-Star break, because he will have had four days of rest. But manager Dave Roberts said that Kershaw isn’t likely to start then.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper advanced to the second round of the 2018 Home Run Derby, swatting 13 home runs to best the 12 hit by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Harper was a No. 2 seed to Freeman’s No. 7, so the outcome isn’t a surprise. The hometown crowd in Washington, D.C. were certainly pleased that their star has advanced.
Harper would have had 30 seconds of bonus time since he hit two home runs that went 440 feet or total, but he got to 13 with time to spare in regulation. Harper maxed out at 467 feet in distance and 113 MPH in exit velocity. When interviewed on the field after his performance, Harper said, out of breath, “I’m tired!”
The second round is set. Rhys Hoskins (17 homers) will oppose Kyle Schwarber (16). Harper (13) will take on Max Muncy (17).