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Memphis Native Named Starting Pitcher for MLB All-Star Game

He won the World Series, threw a perfect game and now Houston High School graduate, Matt Cain, adds "starting pitcher in the All-Star Game" to his already impressive resume.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - He won the World Series, threw a perfect game and now Houston High School graduate, Matt Cain, adds "starting pitcher in the All-Star Game" to his already impressive resume.

Cain, a right handed started for the San Francisco Giants, will be on the mound for the National League in Tuesday night's All-Star game. Cain is the first starting pitcher from Memphis since Charlie Lea in 1984, the year Cain was born.

Cain graduated from Houston High in 2002 and it didn't take long to make it to the mound in the majors.

Chris Burrage met Cain in high school, they've been friends since Freshman year, "Back then throwing 90 miles per hour at 17? Pretty impressive."

Cain's uncle owns Guy's Formalwear in Memphis, he says he knew Cain was special right away. "The first game I went to he was a senior in high school and there were 15 to 18 scouts there and every time he'd pitch they'd put up their radar gun and as soon as he threw they put them down and I watched that the whole game."

Miller's already planning his Tuesday in front of the TV to watch his nephew start the All-Star game under former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. In a press conference Cain said, "I want to thank Tony for giving me this huge opportunity to start the All-Star game, this is very huge for me."

Cain's already had a banner career, a World Series ring, a $125 million deal with the Giants, the 22nd perfect game in MLB history and now an All-Star start. Miller says, "When you go and actually see him on the field you can't believe the little boy you knew growing up is now one of the top pitchers in all of Major League Baseball."

Cain's family is already in Kansas City for the All-Star game.

Another Memphis native, Dan Uggla, will also start in the All-Star Game. Uggla plays second base for the Braves. He graduated from Columbia Central High School before playing ball at the University of Memphis.

The All-Star game is Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

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