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Joe Maddon says Max Scherzer deserves to start

MIAMI — Clayton Kershaw can’t start Tuesday’s All-Star Game because the rules prohibit anyone who started Sunday from pitching on one day’s rest. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ left-hander wouldn’t have started anyway, as it turns out. National League manager Joe Maddon said Washington’s Max Scherzer would have been his starter regardless. Scherzer will oppose Boston’s Chris Sale, the American League’s starter Kershaw is a seven-time All-Star but hasn’t gotten a start, oddly. Kershaw tops the league in innings, four more than Scherzer, with 14 fewer strikeouts. Scherzer will be the fifth pitcher to start All-Star Games for both leagues. Not a single player from last year’s World Series team is an All-Star. Seven Cubs were All-Stars last season, includingChicago’s starting infield. Closer Wade Davis, acquired from the Royals in December, is the Cubs’ lone All-Star this year. “I think it’s better this way,” Giants catcher Buster Posey said. The overall winning percentage should determine home-field advantage. Selig’s “this time it counts” — trying to increase the importance of the outcome — wasn’t universally accepted, including by players. Cleveland bench coach Brad Mills is managing the AL team with Terry Francona recovering from a heart procedure. Mills said Francona visited the clubhouse Sunday, and they discussed All-Star lineup possibilities. Umpire Joe West will call balls and strikes. … The NL leads the all-time series 43-42-2. American League

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