Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke will start for National League in All-Star Game.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke leads MLB with a 1.39 earned-run average, the lowest by any pitcher in the first half since 1981. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Zack Greinke will be the starting pitcher for the National League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Greinke leads the major leagues with a 1.39 earned-run average. He’s appeared in two previous All-Star games (2009, 2014) and pitched a scoreless inning in each game, but didn’t start either.

Last year, no pitcher threw more than one inning in the All-Star Game. From 2011-13, two pitchers threw more than one inning in the game, but only one was the starting pitcher each time. For about a decade prior there was a slightly better than 50-50 chance the starting pitcher would come out for the second inning

All of this is relevant because Greinke said Saturday that his availability to pitch in the Dodgers’ next game (Friday in Washington, D.C.) might be impacted if he throws two innings in the All-Star Game. Clayton Kershaw wouldn’t go that far, but there’s no reason he can’t throw two innings out of the bullpen.

Greinke, 31, will be the first Dodger pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Brad Penny in 2006. Joc Pederson, will bat eighth and play left field, giving the Dodgers two all-stars in the starting lineup for the first time since Hideo Nomo and Mike Piazza in 1995.

The complete lineups for both teams:

National League

CF       Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh
3B       Todd Frazier, Cincinnati
RF       Bryce Harper, Washington
1B       Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona
C         Buster Posey, San Francisco
DH      Anthony Rizzo, Chicago
SS        Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis
LF       Joc Pederson, Dodgers
2B       D.J. LeMahieu, Colorado
P          Zack Greinke, Dodgers

American League

CF Mike Trout, Angels
3B Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
1B Albert Pujols, Angels
DH Nelson Cruz, Mariners
RF Lorenzo Cain, Royals
LF Adam Jones, Orioles
C Salvador Perez, Royals
2B Jose Altuve, Astros
SS Alcides Escobar, Royals

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.