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Dave Roberts tabs Hyun-Jin Ryu to start All-Star Game

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National League manager Dave Roberts will start his own pitcher, Hyun-Jin Ryu, in the 2019 All-Star Game, the Dodgers announced.

Ryu, 32, was named to the NL All-Star team for the first time in his career. He’s currently 9-2 with a major league-best 1.83 ERA along with a 94/7 K/BB ratio across 103 innings of work. The lefty followed up with an impressive injury-shortened 2018 campaign with an even better and healthier 2019 thus far.

American League manager Alex Cora hasn’t yet named his starter, but we should be hearing about that soon. If you missed who’s on the rosters, here are the pitchers and reserves, and here are the starters. The Midsummer Classic will take place on Tuesday, July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Video: Kurt Suzuki breaks World Series Game 2 tie with long solo homer

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The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.

Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.

The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.

Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.