KANSAS CITY, MO. Justin Verlander has accrued virtually every individual honor available to a starting pitcher: a Rookie of the Year award and World Series Game 1 start in 2006; a no-hitter in 2007; Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, along with the second no-hitter of his career, in 2011.
Tuesday, he will add yet another: a start for the American League in the All-Star Game.
American League manager Ron Washington has chosen Verlander as his starting pitcher for the 83rd All-Star Game, a major league source told FOXSports.com. The assignment will become official at a Monday news conference.
Verlander, 29, likely would have been the AL starter last season, but he was ineligible to pitch because he started for the Detroit Tigers on the final Sunday before the All-Star break. This year, there are no such complications. Verlanders most recent start his major league-leading fifth complete game of the season was a victory over Minnesota on the Fourth of July. He will have five...