NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer dazzled, showing off pitching dominance that kept the All-Star game scoreless after three innings at Citi Field on Tuesday night.
The New York Mets, hosting baseball’s big summer event for the first time since 1964 at Shea Stadium, are known for strong arms, and Harvey already has become an elite pitcher less than a year into his major league career.
Mike Trout’s double leading off the game was the only hit in the first three innings, and he was stranded at second base. In a season filled with injuries, the Yankees got a scare when Harvey hit Robinson Cano on the side of his right knee in the first inning, forcing him from the game. An X-ray was negative, and Cano was diagnosed with a bruised quadriceps that did not seem major.
“Just a little tight … but I’m walking good,” Cano said. “I’ll be good for Friday.”
Harvey struck out three in two innings and was followed by Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who retired three in a row.
Scherzer pitched a 1-2-3 first, and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox followed with two perfect innings.
The NL was seeking its fourth straight win — after losing the first seven games after Major League Baseball decided the winning league gets home-field advantage for the World Series.
Following a trend that began last summer in Kansas City, many players wore flashy spikes they would never use during the regular season — bright orange high tops for Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones, black and gold for Arizona pitcher Patrick Corbin.
Harvey became just the third Mets pitcher to start an All-Star game, following Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden. Seaver threw out the ceremonial first pitch, moving in front of the rubber and tossing to current Mets captain David Wright, who quickly moved in front of the plate to prevent the ball from bouncing.
Harvey is only the 11th pitcher to start an All-Star game on his home mound, the first since Houston’s Roger Clemens in 2004. The 24-year-old has made just 29 major league starts, the fewest for an All-Star starter since Hideo Nomo with 13 in 1995.
He quickly got into trouble, with Mike Trout hitting an opposite-field double down the right-field line with his first pitch, a 97 mph fastball. Two pitches later, Harvey drilled Cano on the side of the right knee with a 96 mph fastball.
Cano was examined by a trainer and walked gingerly to first base, and Harvey struck out Miguel Cabrera. Cano then walked slowly toward the AL dugout and went for an X-ray, which was negative. He was replaced by Dustin Pedroia.
“I tried to go in. That sometimes happens. I didn’t mean to, obviously,” Harvey said. “I feel terrible. My apologies definitely go out to him.”
Harvey reached 99 mph against Chris Davis, who field out to center, and got Jose Bautista to strike out while chasing a slider.
Scherzer, 13-0 before Saturday’s loss to Texas, retired Brandon Phillips, Carlos Beltran and Joey Votto in order in the first, and then was replaced by Sale in the second.