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Chris Cody named All-Star Game starter

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Revolution lefty Chris Cody has been named the starting pitcher for the Freedom Division All-Stars in Wednesday’s Atlantic League All-Star Game in Southern Maryland.  The team will be managed by Lancaster skipper Butch Hobson, as it was his team which represented the division in last year’s championship series.  Sugar Land right-hander Matt Wright had been the slam dunk choice to start with his 10-1 record and 2.63 ERA.  Wright had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday however, and will report to the Triple-A Reno Aces.  It was up to Hobson to replace Wright as starter, and he chose Cody.

Interestingly enough, Cody is 3-0 against Lancaster this season, and has nine wins against them all-time, the most of any one pitcher against Lancaster.  Apparently Butch didn’t have any hard feelings about it and Cody has impressed him enough to earn the all-star starting nod.

Each team only has eight pitchers, with the starters going two innings, then one inning apiece from each remaining pitcher.  If the game is tied after nine innings, a home run derby with players hand-picked by the managers will settle the game in lieu of extra innings.  It’s kind of like the post-game shootout in the NHL.

This will mark the fourth time in five seasons a Revolution pitcher has started an Atlantic League All-Star Game.  Corey Thurman started in 2009 at Newark, Jesus Sanchez started in 2010 at Long Island, and in 2011 Thurman tossed the first two innings at home at Sovereign Bank Stadium in the game’s only visit thus far to the White Rose City.

-Paul Braverman

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