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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Justin Verlander Will Reportedly Start For American League

It's been a solid year as usual for Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander, putting up a 9-5 record and 2.58 ERA along with 128 strikeouts as we head into the All-Star break. According to a source from FOX Sports it looks like Verlander is going to be rewarded with his first ever start at an All-Star Game, with the news to be announced during a press conference on Monday.

American League manager Ron Washington has chosen Verlander as his starting pitcher for the 83rd All-Star Game, a major league source told FOXSports.com. The assignment will become official at a Monday news conference.

Though it will be Verlander's first ever All-Star start, it will be his fifth overall appearance at an All-Star game. He was very close to getting the start last season, a year that he put up career bests in several categories, but was forced out of it by the fact that he was given a start on the Sunday previous.

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