Scherzer, Bumgarner head National League All-Star pitchers
(Reuters) - Washington right-hander Max Scherzer and San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner head a powerful 13-man National League pitching line-up for next week's All-Star game.
The pitching lineups for both leagues were announced on Monday, with reigning NL Most Valuable Player Clayton Kershaw a notable omission.
But Kershaw's Dodger team mate Matt Greinke earned selection. He has a miserly 1.48 ERA this year, best in the majors ahead of Scherzer.
Scherzer has been on fire for the Nationals recently. He came within one out of a perfect game on June 21, before settling for a no-hitter, while Bumgarner is having another strong season after leading the Giants to the World Series championship last year.
On the American League front, Chris Sale will make his fourth All-Star appearance. The Chicago White Sox left-hander has 141 strikeouts this season, tied for first in the AL.
Detroit left-hander David Price will make his fifth All-Star appearance.
The position players, elected by fans, were announced on Sunday, while the pitchers and reserves were revealed on Monday.
Unlike the position players, eight pitchers (five starters and three relievers) were elected by the players, with the manager selecting five others.
Also on Monday, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was named to replace Giancarlo Stanton in the National League starting line-up. Continued...