We learned three important things at Monday's starting lineup announcement for the 2014 MLB All-Star game —Felix Hernandez is the starting pitcher for the AL, Adam Wainwright is starting for the NL and Derek Jeter is leading off for the AL in his final All-Star game.
King Felix was pretty much a given to start for the AL on Tuesday night at Minnesota's Target Field, so the biggest decision of the day was whether Clayton Kershaw or Wainwright would get the nod in the NL. Neither is a bad call, as we explained Sunday, but ultimately NL manager (and Cardinals skipper) Mike Matheny picked his guy.
Matheny on why he went Wainwright over Kershaw: "Have the utmost respect for Clayton." But Wainwright b/c of leadership & performance— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 14, 2014
Beyond that choice, there's not too much surprise in these lineups. We know who the starters are — you, the responsible voting fan — selected them. The only drama was seeing in which order managers Matheny and John Farrell would arrange their stars.
The visiting NL team looks like this:
The home AL team starts as such, fitting with the aforementioned Mr. Jeter, who will be man of the hour:
As is often the case, there has been a good amount of shuffling the past few days on the All-Star roster, so if you need a refresher on this year's All-Star teams, check out MLB.com's interactive All-Star feature.
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