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.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.