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MLB All-Star Game 2017: Lineups, starters, preview, and open thread

Everything you need to know for tonight’s Midsummer Classic

The 2017 MLB All-Star Game takes place tonight in Miami, Florida . The biggest stars and the season’s top performers (plus a few others) take the stage at Marlins Park for a game that no longer “counts” but should be a fun showcase nonetheless. The game starts at 6 p.m. MT on FOX and FOXSportsGo.

The Rockies have a team-record four All-Stars this year: third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Charlie Blackmon were selected by the fans to start for the National League, so they’ll each get at least two at-bats each. Chuck will hit leadoff after participating in last night’s Home Run Derby and Nolan will hit sixth. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu was selected as a reserve (but may not play due to injury concerns) and closer Greg Holland may be called upon to close the game down if the National League takes a lead into the ninth-inning.

The managers of the All-Star game are usually the managers of the previous year’s World Series teams, but due to illness Terry Francona will not represent the Cleveland Inidians. Cleveland bench coach Brad Mills will manage in his stead. Joe Maddon will be leading the National League squad.

Here are the starting lineups for each team, while the full rosters can be found here (Justin Turner of the Dodgers and Mike Moustakas of the Royals won the Final Vote). The National League, as the home team, currently are the slight favorites.

2017 MLB All-Star Game Lineups

American Position Team National Postion Team
American Position Team National Postion Team
Jose Altuve 2B HOU Charlie Blackmon CF COL
Jose Ramirez 3B CLE Giancarlo Stanton DH MIA
Aaron Judge RF NYY Bryce Harper RF WAS
George Springer LF HOU Buster Posey C SF
Carlos Correa SS HOU Daniel Murphy 2B WAS
Justin Smoak 1B TOR Nolan Arenado 3B COL
Corey Dickerson DH TB Ryan Zimmerman 1B WAS
Salvador Perez C KC Marcell Ozuna LF MIA
Mookie Betts CF BOS Zack Cozart SS CIN
Chris Sale SP BOS Max Scherzer SP WAS

The Nationals have four (including starting pitcher Max Scherzer) in the starting 10, the Astros have three, and the Rockies, Marlins, and Red Sox have two each. Old Friend Corey Dickerson was elected the starting DH for the AL, representing the Tampa Bay Rays.

Scherzer becomes the fifth pitcher to start for both the American League and National League after starting the 2013 game representing the Tigers. Chris Sale is the first pitcher to make consecutive All-Star Game starts for two different teams; he represented the Chicago White Sox in last year’s game. Don’t expect either to stay in for long, though.

Poll

Who will have the best performance of the game?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Nolan Arenado (starting, third base)
    (31 votes)
  • 26%
    Charlie Blackmon (starting, center field)
    (14 votes)
  • 1%
    DJ LeMahieu (reserve, second base)
    (1 vote)
  • 13%
    Greg Holland (reliever)
    (7 votes)
53 votes total Vote Now