Cubs’ Willson Contreras and Ian Happ, White Sox’s Liam Hendriks and Tim Anderson to play in MLB All-Star Game


LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) – The Cubs and White Sox will each be represented by two players in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game.

For the Cubs, three-time All-Star Willson Contreras will start for the National League team, with first-time All-Star Ian Happ serving as a reserve.

Contreras’ brother William, who is the Atlanta Braves’ designated hitter, is also on the National League team.

It’s the first time brothers have started on the same All-Star team since Sandy and Roberto Alomar in 1992, and the first time brothers have played together in the game since 2003.

“It’ll be really cool to hit in front of my brother, and everything would be amazing,” Willson Contreras said. “I don’t know what to tell you, to be honest – it’s just priceless.”

For the White Sox, closer Liam Hendriks got the late call to join the American League team – and slugger Tim Anderson will have his second All-Star appearance.

This will be Anderson’s first appearance as a starter.

“I don’t do anything different – I’m just being myself, you know. It draws that crowd. And you know, just being there and tapping into the culture and bringing that into baseball is definitely dope. “, said Anderson. “You know, get out there and most of all be myself, be authentic, have fun and enjoy it while I’m doing it – you know, it’s definitely a dream come true.”

Anderson will be seventh at bat, behind Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will start for the NL in the All-Star Game. Tuesday night in the first All-Star Game, and Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan will be on the mound for the AL.

Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will start for the AL as a designated hitter. Last year, he was the starting pitcher and started as a DH in the AL’s 5-2 win at Denver.

The game will be played at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1980.


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