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Justin Verlander, Hyun-Jin Ryu are All-Star starters

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All-Star Game managers Alex Cora and Dave Roberts announced their starting pitchers for tomorrow night’s Midsummer Classic: Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros will go for the American League and Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers will go for the Senior Circuit.

Verlander is 10-4 with a 2.98 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 153/27 in 126.2 innings across 19 starts so far this year. This year marks the eighth time he’s been selected as an All-Star and his second time starting it. His last All-Star start was not so great. In 2012 he got the nod and got shelled, allowing five runs on four hits and walking two batters in one inning of work. No doubt that, in light of that, he’ll have a bit more motivation to address the one part of his legacy that is lacking, even if it’s a very minor part. He’s just wired that way, I suspect.

Ryu is a first-time All-Star in 2019 and, with a nod of respect to Max Scherzer, who is not available to pitch tomorrow, his start is certainly well-deserved. He leads the NL in wins with 10 and in ERA with a 1.73 mark. He likewise leads the league in WHIP (0.908), has issued the fewest walks per nine innings of work (0.8) and has the best K/BB ratio going (9.90).

As is always the case, starting the All-Star Game is more about the honor than it is about game outcome. Each starter will get one inning, two if they’re efficient. The outcome of the game will almost certainly hinge on the performance of relievers.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”