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, but once the players step out of their dugouts and across the white lines, they are playing for their legacy and history.It may not determine home-field advantage in the World Series any longer, but the game's all-time best have helped cement their reputations with starring performances in the All-Star Game, and today's players have a chance to do the same thing.Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels already knows this as he has already won the All-Star Game MVP award twice in his career. Since the Angels have only been to the to the postseason once during his tenure (Division Series vs. Kansas City in 2014), this is his best chance to show baseball fans what he can do on a grand scale.His performance can help cement a reputation that many believe makes him the best player in the game and comparable to the legendary Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle on a historical level.National League manager Dave Roberts has a chance to help the National League turn things around in the All-Star Game.Gregory Bull/Associated PressIt's also an opportunity for Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to resume their battle. Hinch led the Astros to a seven-game victory over Roberts and the Dodgers in last year's World Series, and they are the managers of their respective leagues in this game. Neither manager wants to make the mistake that costs his league a chance at victory.The game will be played at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., but the American League is designated as the home team because this is the fourth straight year that a National League city served as the venue for the Midsummer Classic. Two years ago, the American League was the home team even though the game was played in San Diego.2018 MLB All-Star Game InformationDate:Tuesday, July 17Time:8 p.m. ETTV:FoxRostersAmerican LeagueStartersWilson Ramos. C, Tampa Bay*Jose Abreu, 1B. Chicago White SoxJose Altuve. 2B, HoustonJose Ramirez, 3B, ClevelandManny Machado, SS, BaltimoreMike Trout, OF, Los Angeles AngelsAaron Judge, OF, New York YankeesMookie Betts, OF, BostonJ.D. Martinez, OF, Boston ReservesSalvador Perez, C, Kansas City (Designated as starter after Ramos injury.)Yan Gomes, C, ClevelandMitch Moreland, 1B, BostonJed Lowrie, 2B, OaklandGleyber Torres, 2B, New York Yankees*Alex Bregman, 3B http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey
, HoustonFrancisco Lindor, SS, ClevelandJean Segura, SS, SeattleMichael Brantley, OF, ClevelandShin-Soo Choo, OF, TexasMitch Haniger, OF, SeattleGeorge Springer, OF, HoustonNelson Cruz, DH, Seattle PitchersTrevor Bauer, ClevelandJose Berrios, MinnesotaAroldis Chapman, New York Yankees*Gerrit Cole, HoustonEdwin Diaz, SeattleJ.A. Happ, TorontoJoe Jimenez, DetroitCraig Kimbrel, BostonCorey Kluber, Cleveland*Charlie Morton, HoustonChris Sale, BostonLuis Severino, New York YankeesBlake Treinen, OaklandJustin Verlander, Detroit* National LeagueStartersWillson Contreras, C, Chicago CubsFreddie Freeman, 1B, AtlantaJavier Baez, 2B, Chicago CubsNolan Arenado, 3B Jeff Mathis Jersey
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, ArizonaJacob deGrom, New York MetsSean Doolittle, Washington*Mike Foltynewicz, AtlantaJosh Hader, MilwaukeeJason Jeffress, MilwaukeeBrad Hand, San DiegoKenley Jansen, Los Angeles DodgersJon Lester, Chicago Cubs*Miles Mikolas, St. Louis*Aaron Nola, PhiladelphiaMax Scherzer, WashingtonRoss Stripling, Los Angeles DodgersFelipe Vazquez, Pittsburgh*-denotes player won't be participating in All-Star Game. Here's how the starting lineups should look for both teams, along with an explanation.American League1. Jose Altuve, 2B2. Mookie Betts, LF3. Mike Trout, CF4. Manny Machado, SS5. Jose Ramirez, 3B6. J.D. Martinez, DH7. Aaron Judge, RF8. Jose Abreu, 1B9. Sal Perez, CChris Sale, PAltuve is a sensational igniter and could get the American League started with a blast, while Betts is a sensational hitter who is having a brilliant year.Trout deserves the position of honor in the No. 3 hole, while Machado can carry any lineup from the No. 4 position.Ramirez is in the No. 5 spot ahead of the slugging Martinez because that allows the switch-hitter to break up the string of right-handed hitters.Judge follows at No. 7, and he is in right field because Betts can make the switch to left field much easier than the Yankees slugger.Abreu is a fine hitter, but it's hard to see him above this spot given the strength of the rest of the lineup. Perez gets the start at catcher because of the Wilson Ramos injury.Sale is a brilliant pitcher who is on one of the best streaks of his career. National League1. Freddie Freeman, 1B2. Nick Markakis, LF3. Javier Baez, 2B4. Nolan Arenado, 3B5. Matt Kemp, RF6. Jesus Aguilar, DH7. Willson Contreras, C8. Bryce Harper Lenny Dykstra Jersey
, CF9. Brandon CrawfordMax Scherzer, PFreeman gives the National League a professional and classy hitter at the top of the lineup, and his teammate Markakis has been lashing line drives all season.The talented and ego-driven Baez will appreciate his insertion in the No. 3 hole, and he has the best chance of any National Leaguer of leading his team to a victory.Arenado is a powerful clean-up hitter, and the back-to-back placement of Kemp and Aguilar could be formidable.Contreras is likely to be in the NL starting lineup for years to come because he is just coming into his own. Harper is saved the embarrassment of batting last, while Crawford has a chance to make the most of his opportunity.Scherzer will let it fly against the American League stars, and he will hope to register a slew of strikeouts against that powerful lineup. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A little bunt by Alcides Escobar paid off big for the Kansas City Royals.White Sox reliever Jeanmar Gomez threw away Escobar’s bunt in the 10th inning Monday night, giving the Royals a 4-3 win over Chicago.Brian Goodwin led off the Kansas City 10th with a sharp double. Escobar followed with a sacrifice and Gomez (0-2) made a wild toss over third baseman Yolmer Sanchez, letting the speedy Goodwin score easily.“Goodwin is a good runner, and he was safe anyway,” Escobar said. “If (Gomez) made a good throw, he was safe anyway.”“I knew I needed to move the runner to third base, and I made a good bunt. The pitcher went to third base, and, game over.”White Sox manager Rich Renteria wasn’t so sure Goodwin would have been safe with a good throw.“It looked like he recognized the play was available to him and he just got a little flustered, probably a little excited and just didn’t make a very good throw,” he said.Jake Newberry (2-0) pitched a perfect top of the 10th to notch the win.Whit Merrifield homered on the first pitch from White Sox starter Lucas Giolito. Ryan O’Hearn hit a solo homer in the sixth that made it 3-all — he connected against Chicago in his big league debut on July 31, and now has 10 home runs in 30 games.“I’m not thinking about numbers or anything like that,” O’Hearn said. “I just go out there every day and try to have quality at-bats. The home runs keep piling up. Hopefully, I’ll keep on going.”Adam Engel and Daniel Palka each homered in the Chicago third against Jakob Junis.“They were throwing me heaters the first AB and start of the second and I think they noticed me diving over the plate a little bit and missing,” Palka said of his drive just inside the foul pole. “I just kind of stayed back on the one I got. It was a pretty good pitch, just right where I was looking.”Jose Abreu, activated from the disabled list prior to the game, had three hits for the White Sox. He was put on the DL on Aug. 22 following surgery for testicular torsion.Junis went eight innings, allowing seven hits. He faced the minimum after giving up Palka’s homer, and has a 2.15 ERA in his last seven starts. He wasn’t fazed by the rough third inning.“We didn’t really change our game plan,” Junis said. “We stayed aggressive, kept pounding the strike zone. We got some quick outs that way.”Giolito pitched seven innings for his fifth quality start in his last six outings.Merrifield hit his third leadoff homer this season and the Royals added another run in the second after a couple of unusual plays.With a runner on second, Goodwin hit a slow dribbler up the third base line that appeared to be headed foul, but Sanchez touched the ball in fair territory and resulted in an infield hit. Escobar followed with a blooper to right field, and a run scored while Goodwin was thrown out at second.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: RHP Nate Jones is close to returning from the 60-day disabled list. He has been on the DL since June 24 with a muscle strain in his arm.Royals: Manager Ned Yost said that RHP Ian Kennedy has only the “normal pitching soreness” following his first appearance since June 23. Kennedy went six innings Sunday in Minnesota. He gave up one run on four hits. … OF Brett Phillips, out since Sept. 5 with a bruised shoulder, took 30 swings off the tee. He said he can swing without pain, but the follow-through causes him to tighten up. There is no timetable for his return.