Neither Wainwright nor Kershaw, each a four-time All-Star, has started an All-Star game previously.
For the second consecutive year, Kershaw was a runner-up.
With the All-Star Game at New York’s
"That's his opinion," Kershaw said then, curtly.
Kershaw added: "It hurts."
Wainwright is 12-4, with a 1.83 earned-run average that ranks second in the majors to Kershaw. In June and July — the months in which Kershaw has soared the highest — Wainwright was 4-1 in seven starts, with a 1.03 ERA.
Wainwright, 32, also has pitched 42 more innings and started five more games than Kershaw, who did not pitch in April because of a strained muscle in his upper back.
Kershaw, 26, is on pace to lead the major leagues in earned-run average for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season. He is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA. His ratio of 11.8 strikeouts for every walk is the best among major league starters.
He pitched a no-hitter last month, and his just-ended streak of 41 consecutive scoreless innings was the third-longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser set the record of 59 in 1988.