The Major League Baseball All-Star Game returns after a year off due to the pandemic, the 91st matchup between the American and National Leagues at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday night.
Fans and players alike can’t wait to see what Shohei Ohtani will do, batting leadoff as the designated hitter and AL’s starting pitcher. The Angels’ 27-year-old leads the majors with 33 home runs and has 87 strikeouts in 67 innings as a pitcher.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer will take the mound for the NL, his fourth career All-Star Game start.
It’s also the first All-Star appearance for Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., two of the game’s top young players who have slugged their way to their top of the leaderboards.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the night.
Facing Corbin Burnes in the top of the third inning, Guerrero hit a monstrous home run to left field – while Tatis Jr. was being interviewed at shortstop.
Ohtani pitches 1-2-3 inning
Leading off the game, Ohtani grounded out on a ball that required a nice backhanded play by NL second baseman Adam Frazier. In the bottom of the first, Ohtani set the NL down in order, retiring Fernando Tatis Jr. (fly ball), Max Muncy (ground ball) and Nolan Arenado (ground ball).
He was replaced on the mound for the second inning by Kyle Gibson. Ohtani came to the plate again in the second inning and grounded out to first base on the first pitch.
The much-maligned All-Star Game uniforms made their official on-field debut but … they actually don’t look that bad?
Max Scherzer: 7-4, 2.66 ERA, 134 strikeouts in 98 innings
Shohei Ohtani: 4-1, 3.49 ERA, 87 strikeouts in 67 innings
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. arrived at the MLB All-Star Game with distinctions befitting kings and have exceeded even the most lofty expectations assigned to them.
“You can’t live your life by what people say or expect you to do,” Tatis said. “Every time I go out there to the field, I’m just the same kid playing the game I love and just enjoying it every single time.”