The National League will look for its fourth straight win over the American League in the 84th MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Fox will, as usual, broadcast this game beginning with pre-coverage at 5:30 p.m. MT while first pitch will be around 6 p.m.
Three Rockies have made the trip to the Big Apple for the All-Star festivities, and all three are in the National League's starting lineup. Elected by the fans to start, Carlos Gonzalez is in left field and batting fifth and Troy Tulowitzki is batting seventh and playing shortstop. NL manager Bruce Bochy also selected Michael Cuddyer to be his designated hitter and bat eighth.
The Mets Matt Harvey gets the call to start on the mound for the NL in his home park, the 24-year-old posted a 2.35 ERA in the first half and leads the NL with 147 strikeouts and has compiled a 7-2 record to earn the starting nod.
AL manager Jim Leyland has selected his Tigers' Max Scherzer to start opposite Harvey. Scherzer was selected to his first All-Star Game on the strength of his 13-1 record in the first half along with a 3.19 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 152 strikeouts.
Two Reds are in the top three of the NL lineup, with second baseman Brandon Phillips leading off and first baseman Joey Votto batting third. The Cardinals' Carlos Beltran plays right field and bats second while Mets third baseman David Wright will bat cleanup. The bottom of the order sees the three Rockies batting fifth, seventh and eighth, along with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina batting sixth and the Nationals' Bryce Harper batting ninth and playing center field.
Mike Trout of the Angels leads off for the AL, playing left field. He and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano set the table for the formidable heart of the AL order that includes Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis and Jose Bautista. David Ortiz will DH and bat sixth, and the bottom of the order sees two Orioles, center fielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy, sandwiched around Twins catcher Joe Mauer.
The NL won the last All-Star Game hosted by the Mets, taking a 7-4 win at Shea Stadium in 1964 and leads the all-time series 43-38-2.
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