This is Verlanders fifth All-Star Game and his first All-Star game start. Verlander has pitched from the bullpen and watched the All-Star Game from the bench but now has the honor to throw the very first pitch of the 2012 All-Star Game.
Verlander won the MVP and Cy Young honors last year but he believes those are not reasons to get the starting job. He believes the starting job should go to the best pitcher at the All-Star Break and Washington believes that's Verlander.
Verlander is 9-5 on the year with a 2.58 ERA and is tied for the Major League lead for strikeouts with 128. He won his last outing with a complete-game four-hitter. The win gave him his fourth in his last five starts.