SEATTLE — Few games have been played across the United States like the MLB All-Star Game.
American alliance They are on a nine-game winning streak at the Midsummer Classic at T-Mobile Park on Tuesday and are just three losses away from the national team. alliance The exhibition has been held annually since 1997.
The designated hitter for the Angels, Shohei Ohtani, does not pitch in the game because he is a legume, but he is participating as the second batter. Ohtani leads the majors in home runs (32) and triples (6).
On the mound, Ohtani ranks fourth in the MLB with 132 strikeouts, while the opposing team is batting .189. He started in the 2022 All-Star Game, sitting the first three hitters he faced in turns.
“He’s the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen play baseball,” AL manager Dusty Baker said Monday.
With Ohtani out, Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.85 ERA) was named the AL starting pitcher. Cole is a six-time All-Star, but he last pitched in a game in 2015.
“I’ve been to some of them and it was nice to see the future Hall of Famers,” Cole said. “I was always like, ‘Oh, I wish I could do that one day.'”
He pitches seven 1/3 innings on Saturday before taking two days off to face Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zach Gallen (11-3, 3.04 ERA).
“Guy’s been here five or six times,” Baker said Monday of his decision to rely on Cole before Seattle ace Luis Castillo. “It’s time for him to start.”
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., MLB’s most popular player based on jersey sales, leads the national team alliance He became the first player to reach 20 home runs, 40 stolen bases, and 50 RBIs before the All-Star break, joining the lineup. Acuna and Ohtani, 25, led their respective teams alliancein the All-Star Game voting.Acuna is one of eight Braves named All-Stars, tying the National League All-Star game record. alliance team
With Acuna in the leadoff, the Los Angeles Dodgers follow him in the National League batting order for the third year in a row, starting second with former Atlanta teammate Freddie Freeman, then Mookie Betts and designated hitter J. D Martinez continues.
Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez returned to the Home Run Derby after hitting a record 81 home runs in 2022 and was named to the AL roster as an injured substitute for Astros’ Yordan Alvarez. Right-hander George Kirby gives Seattle three All-Star players. He was added to replace Rays right-hander Shann McClanahan.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Rodriguez said.
Early Tuesday night might have a more national feel alliance vs. Texas Rangers feel
It’s the first time in 47 years that a team has five position players in the starting lineup for an All-Star Game. Texas voted for four starting pitchers: catcher Jonah Haim, second baseman Marcus Semien, shortstop Corey Seager and third baseman Josh Jung, with Mike Trout and Aaron Judge as injured replacements for the missing outfield. Adris Garcia was nominated. Trout played in his 11th All-Star Game, the most in MLB history, as a starter in 10th place, but was sidelined with a broken wrist. A judge is battling his leg injury.
“If you can make it all the time, it’s really special, and being able to share that with a lot of your teammates is really cool,” Seeger said.
Marlins second baseman Luis Araez, the Minnesota Twins’ American League hitters champion and 2022 All-Star, will return to the National League this year to hit No. 6. He batted .383, which is on par with Babe Ruth (1920 Yankees) and is one of the all-time leading first-half batting averages. Ty Cobb crossed .400 twice, including a .446 at rest in 1911.
For Diamondbacks outfielder Corbyn Carroll, it’s a home run, 18 home runs, 48 RBIs, 26 stolen bases, and a National League Rookie of the Year contender who needs infinite tickets on Tuesday night. He said he had arranged a total of 20 tickets for his family and friends. Some of them will walk the 30 minutes Carroll used to walk from her Queen Anne neighborhood to the ballpark as a child.
“I don’t know when this will happen, but I’m sure I’ll be grateful,” Carroll said.
The last time Seattle hosted an MLB All-Star Game at the same venue (then known as Safeco Field) in 2001, Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken won MVP in his 19th and final game appearance. .American alliance won 4-1
Managers announced the batting order on Monday afternoon.
Nationwide alliancedirected by Rob Thomson (Phillies)
1. Ronald Acuna Jr., RF (ATL)
2. Freddie Freeman, 1B (LAD)
3. Mookie Betts, CF (LAD)
4. JD Martinez, DH (LAD)
5. Nolan Arenado, 3B (STL)
6. Luis Araez, 2B (MIA)
7. Sean Murphy, C (ATL)
8. Corbin Carroll, LF, Arizona
9. Orlando Alcia, South Carolina (ATL)
American allianceDusty Baker (Astros)
1. Marcus Semien, 2B (TEX)
2. Shohei Ohtani, DH (LAA)
3. Randy Arrozarena, LF (TB)
4. Corey Seeger, SS (TEX)
5. Yandi Diaz, 1B (TB)
6. Adris Garcia, RF (TEX)
7. Austin Hayes, CF (BAL)
8. Josh Jung, 3B (TEX)
9. Jonah Haim, C (TEX)
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