“I have gotten better about handling tough outings but the last couple have hurt, so this is nice,” Happ said. “It kind of helps you turn the page and look forward to my next outing and then the all-star game.”
As for what he’s most looking forward to when the festivities roll around, Happ said he will try his best to take it all in.
“See the best players on the planet play,” he said. “That’s pretty cool.”
Happ will be joined on the American League staff by the Yankees’ Luis Severino and Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber; Boston’s Craig Kimbrel and Chris Sale, Houston’s Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander; Minnesota’s Jose Berrios, Seattle’s Edwin Diaz, Detroit’s Joe Jimenez and Oakland’s Blake Treinen.
Boston outfielder Mookie Betts and designated hitter J.D. Martinez headline the AL’s starters, which include Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado, Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez, and the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Yankees’ Aaron Judge in the outfield.
The NL starters include Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras and second baseman Javier Baez, Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Nick Markakis, San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper.
The NL staff consists of Washington’s Max Scherzer and Sean Doolittle, Arizona’s Patrick Corbin, the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz, Milwaukee’s Josh Hader, San Diego’s Brad Hand, the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen, the Cubs' Jon Lester; St. Louis’s Miles Mikolas, Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola and Pittsburgh’s Felipe Vazquez.
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