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2013 MLB All-Star Roster: Top Stars Sure to Shine in Midsummer Classic

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2013 MLB All-Star Roster: Top Stars Sure to Shine in Midsummer Classic
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The MLB All-Star game is just days away, and with home field advantage on the line in the World Series, expect certain stars to put on a show.

Let's take a look at this year's All-Star rosters for both the American and National League, then dive into whom to keep an eye on.

 

MLB All-Star Game Rosters

American League

 

Name

Team

*C

Joe Mauer

Twins

*1B

Chris Davis

Orioles

*2B

Robinson Cano

Yankees

*SS

 J.J. Hardy

Orioles

*3B

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

*OF

Mike Trout

Angels

*OF

Adam Jones

Orioles

*OF

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays

*DH

David Ortiz

Red Sox

^P

Clay Buchholz

Red Sox

P

Brett Cecil

Blue Jays

P

Bartolo Colon

A's

^P

Jesse Crain

White Sox

P

Matt Moore

Rays

P

Felix Hernandez

Mariners

P

Hisashi Iwakuma

Mariners

P

Justin Masterson

Indians

P

Joe Nathan

Rangers

P

Steve Delabar

Blue Jays

P

Glen Perkins

Twins

P

Mariano Rivera

Yankees

P

Chris Sale

White Sox

P

Max Scherzer

Tigers

P

Justin Verlander

Tigers

C

Jason Castro

Astros

C

Salvador Perez

Royals

1B

Prince Fielder

Tigers

2B

Jason Kipnis

Indians

2B

Dustin Pedroia

Red Sox

2B

Ben Zobrist

Rays

SS

Jhonny Peralta

Tigers

3B

Manny Machado

Orioles

OF

Nelson Cruz

Rangers

OF

Alex Gordon

Royals

OF

Torii Hunter

Tigers

DH

Edwin Encarnacion

Blue Jays

 

National League

 

Name

Team

*C

Yadier Molina

Cardinals

*1B

Joey Votto

Reds

*2B

Brandon Phillips

Reds

*SS

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies

*3B

David Wright

Mets

*OF

Carlos Beltran

Cardinals

*OF

Carlos Gonzalez

Rockies

*OF

Bryce Harper

Nationals

P

Madison Bumgarner

Giants

P

Aroldis Chapman

Reds

P

Patrick Corbin

Diamondbacks

P

Jose Fernandez

Marlins

P

Jason Grilli

Pirates

P

Matt Harvey

Mets

P

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

P

Craig Kimbrel

Braves

P

Cliff Lee

Phillies

P

Jeff Locke

Pirates

P

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals

P

Travis Wood

Cubs

P

Jordan Zimmermann

Nationals

C

Buster Posey

Giants

1B

Paul Goldschmidt

Diamondbacks

1B

Allen Craig

Cardinals

1B

Freddie Freeman

Braves

2B

Matt Carpenter

Cardinals

2B

Marco Scutaro

Giants

SS

Everth Cabrera

Padres

SS

Jean Segura

Brewers

3B

Pedro Alvarez

Pirates

OF

Domonic Brown

Phillies

OF

Michael Cuddyer

Rockies

OF

Carlos Gomez

Brewers

OF

Andrew McCutchen

Pirates

* = Starter

^ = Injured, will not play

Rosters courtesy of MLB.com.

 

Based on the first half of play in the 2013 season, here are the three players sure to stand out in this year's All-Star game:

 

Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

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Freeman was named to the NL roster via fan vote, beating out young Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig for the spot. Regardless of how he made the All-Star game, Freeman is sure to make his presence felt for his team.

The Braves' first baseman has tallied 60 RBIs, 49 runs and 19 doubles to pair with his .313 batting average. Freeman's average puts him among the top 20 players in that category heading into the All-Star break.

The high average is a tad unexpected from the young power hitter. Freeman posted a .259 average just last season, but did bat .282 in 2011.

All of these stats mean that Freeman is seeing the ball better than he ever has during his big-league career. It might come in the form of doubles and singles instead of a home run, but Freeman will make some noise for the NL in this game.

 

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

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Someone who is almost guaranteed to make his presence felt with a homer in the exhibition is Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis.

Davis currently leads the MLB in home runs with 34, already besting his previous career single-season high of 33 set last year. His 34 dingers are also more than NL Home Run Derby captain David Wright has ever recorded in a single season.

There's no better or easier way to say it: Davis is simply crushing everything he sees so far this season. Like Freeman, Davis is also boasting an unusually high average of .310. Over his six years in the majors, Davis has accumulated a .267 career average.

Even with the National League's best arms throwing at the Orioles slugger, he's sure to grab at least one home run.

 

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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With young hurlers like Matt Harvey and now Matt Moore in this All-Star game, one might forget about guys like Adam Wainwright. Considering his season so far though, the AL better not take the Cardinals' pitcher lightly.

Wainwright currently owns the third-best ERA among all MLB pitchers at 2.30. That number puts him ahead of the likes of Harvey, Jordan Zimmermann and Felix Hernandez.

While he won't be given a whole lot of innings to make a difference, Wainwright is sure to keep the American League bats silent when he's on the mound. He already has 126 strikeouts, which just is 58 fewer than his total from 2012.

Wainwright is sure to sit some AL batters down on strikes when he pitches in the Midsummer Classic. Even if he only works an inning, he will keep the AL off the bases for that time frame.

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