WASHINGTON — The Major League Baseball All-Star Game returns to Washington, D.C., for the first time since 1969 — when it was held at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Park.
The American League has dominated the Midsummer Classic in recent years, winning the last five contests and 17 out of the last 21 since 1997.
All-Stars Bryce Harper, who put on a sensational performance to win the Home Run Derby on Monday evening, and Max Scherzer, will start for the Nationals in front of their home crowd at Nationals Park.
Rain is in the forecast for tonight’s game. The exhibition has never been rained out, but two games have been shortened due to precipitation. In 1952 in Philadelphia, the game was halted in the fifth inning, and in 1961 in Boston, the second of two All-Star Games held that summer, it ended 1-1 after being called in the ninth inning.
Time/TV: 8 p.m. ET, Fox
Fun fact: For the second consecutive season, Max Scherzer and Chris Sale of the Red Sox were tabbed to start for their respective leagues. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1940, when Red Ruffing and Paul Derringer squared off in back-to-back-years.
Weather: According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are likely, roughly after 2 p.m. ET. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 89 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Contingency plan to account for the rain: “It would be dependent on a lot of factors — the forecast being the main one,” Pat Courtney, baseball’s chief communications officer, said Sunday. He said the league would be in close contact with both Fox Sports, its broadcast partner, and the MLB Players Association over any weather-related decisions.
Here are the full lineups:
MORE ALL-STAR GAME COVERAGE