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Scherzer vs. Sale to start All-Star Game

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WASHINGTON (AP) By the time Bryce Harper gets to the plate at the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer could already be done.

Harper is batting sixth in his fifth All-Star start, the lowest he has been in the National League lineup since the No. 9 spot in 2013. Scherzer getting the start against Boston's Chris Sale is no surprise as the hometown ace, but Harper faces a much different dynamic knowing this could be the final time he's honored on a big stage by Nationals fans when he trots out to center field on Tuesday night.

In a contract year that could be his last with Washington, Harper is hitting .214 with a .365 on-base percentage, .468 slugging percentage, 23 home runs and 54 RBIs. That batting average is 60 points lower than the next-closest NL All-Star hitter, while his HR total is one shy of the league lead.

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AL Earned Run Average
Rank Name ERA
1 C. Sale, Bos2.23
2 T. Bauer, Cle2.24
3 B. Snell, TB2.27
4 J. Verlander, Hou2.29
5 L. Severino, NYY2.31
6 G. Cole, Hou2.52
7 T. Skaggs, LAA2.57
8 C. Kluber, Cle2.76
9 C. Morton, Hou2.96
10 M. Gonzales, Sea3.41
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NL Earned Run Average
Rank Name ERA
1 J. deGrom, NYM1.68
2 A. Nola, Phi2.30
3 M. Scherzer, Was2.41
4 J. Lester, ChC2.58
5 M. Foltynewicz, Atl2.66
6 M. Mikolas, StL2.79
7 K. Freeland, Col3.11
8 Z. Greinke, Ari3.18
9 J. Arrieta, Phi3.23
10 P. Corbin, Ari3.24
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