Justin Verlander, Matt Cain to start All-Star Game


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- American League manager Ron Washington made it official today that Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will start the All-Star Game. National League manager Tony LaRussa has tabbed Matt Cain to start for the NL.

Verlander, 29, is 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA in 18 starts so far this season. He is coming off his fifth complete game of the season in a 5-1 win over Minnesota on Wednesday, so he's rested and ready.

Cain is 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA and pitched a perfect game against Houston on June 13.