Justin Verlander named starting pitcher for the American League

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star game is tomorrow night, and Detroit Tigers fans will see a familiar face start on the mound for the American League Squad. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was named the American Leagues starting pitcher today by A.L. Manager Ron Washington.

So far this season, Verlander has a record of 9-5, while posting an ERA of 2.58. Verlander is also the first ever All-Star starter who was won the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP Awards.

“He is certainly one of the best pitchers in all of baseball,” said Washington. “The joy that I have in giving him the ball tomorrow is that he’s well rested. I expect a lot out of him (Verlander), and, he expects a lot out of himself.”

“What an honor it is to start my first All-Star game”, said Verlander. I am going to relish every moment of it and hopefully play a part in helping the American League win.”

“The All-Star game has changed a little bit it means something now, and as sure as Mr. Washington can attest, that home field advantage in the World Series is huge. Hopefully I can be part of getting the American League that home field advantage,” Verlander went on to say.

Verlander’s start tomorrow night will make him the 10th Tigers pitcher to ever start an All-Star game. Prince Fielder will play first and bat fifth in the American League Lineup, while Miguel Cabrera made the team as a reserve.

Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun will play left field and bat 3rd in the National Leagues lineup.

Posted by Jerry Taylor