Phillies’ Aaron Nola to start Saturday in order to be available for All-Star Game

The Philadelphia Phillies have adjusted their rotation for this weekend’s series against the Miami Marlins to allow ace Aaron Nola to pitch in the All-Star Game.
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Ultimately, what this guy has earned is the right to Womens Jay McClement Jersey pitch in the middle of the summer in the All-Star Game, manager Gabe Kapler said. That happens maybe once in a lifetime, maybe it happens for him 15 times, but it’s at least worth noting that it’s an honor you have to respect, and to respect it fully, you have to consider that you may switch things up a little bit.

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (3-11, 4.76 ERA) is tied for the major league lead in losses. He got no-decisions in two starts vs. the Mets this season.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 3.06) is expected to come off the disabled list for his first big league start since May 25. The 2016 All-Star has been sidelined by a strained ligament in his right index finger. Callaway is looking forward to lining up a healthy rotation led by ace Jacob deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz and Zack Wheeler after the break, when the Mets open up at Yankee Stadium. Obviously, the first half was not a success and it was unacceptable, Callaway said.

Wilmer Difo led off the eighth inning with a base hit, but Kapler left Nola in to face leadoff hitter Bryce Harper and No. 2 hitter Anthony Rendon. He struck out Harper and got Rendon to fly out, then left after walking Juan Soto, with Adam Morgan getting Daniel Murphy to escape the inning.

Is it time to worry about the Washington offense? The Nationals have gone 8-15 in June while hitting .228/.296/.334 and averaging just 3.52 runs per game. The Royals have had one of the worst offensive months you’ll ever see, averaging just 2.21 runs per game, and they’ve actually outhomered the Nats 13 to 12.

Obviously, Harper has struggled big time, hitting .188/.305/.313 with one home Alexander Mogilny Womens Jersey run, seven runs and six RBIs. Difo has played nearly every game and hit .220/.226/.305. Murphy’s return from the DL has been a struggle, with a .184/.216/.204 line in 51 plate appearances. Soto has been amazing, but you’re in trouble if you’re looking for a 19-year-old to carry the offense. If Harper and Murphy don’t hit, the Nationals will miss the playoffs.

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