2013 MLB All Star Game Roster: Highlighting Must-See Players at the Plate

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 9: Chris Davis #19 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts after taking a strike in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 9, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Texas Rangers won, 8-4. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The 2013 MLB All-Star Game starting lineups for both the American and National Leagues have been announced by Major League Baseball on Twitter, as the All-Star break gets set to reach a fever pitch with the start of the Mid-Summer Classic on Tuesday night:

The NL has turned the tide against the AL in recent years, looking for its fourth straight All-Star Game victory in 2013. Prior to 2010, the AL had won 12-of-13 matchups dating back to the late 1990s, with 2002's matchup ending in a tie.

Will the AL end its current losing skid this July or will the NL continue to roll?

Here we'll get you set for Tuesday night's All-Star showdown at Citi Field in New York, taking a look at the complete roster and highlighting a trio of stud bats to watch along the way.


 2013 MLB All-Star Game Roster (via MLB.com)

American LeagueNational League
SPMax ScherzerDetroit TigersSPMatt HarveyNew York Mets
1BChris DavisBaltimore Orioles1BJoey VottoCincinnati Reds
2BRobinson CanoNew York Yankees2BBrandon PhillipsCincinnati Reds
3BMiguel CabreraDetroit Tigers3BDavid WrightNew York Mets
SSJ.J. HardyBaltimore OriolesSSTroy TulowitzkiColorado Rockies
LFMike TroutL.A. AngelsLFCarlos GonzalezColorado Rockies
CFAdam JonesBaltimore OriolesCFBryce HarperWashington Nationals
RFJose BautistaToronto Blue JaysRFCarlos BeltranSt. Louis Cardinals
DHDavid OrtizBoston Red SoxDHMichael CuddyerColorado Rockies
CJoe MauerMinnesota TwinsCYadier MolinaSt. Louis Cardinals
1BPrince FielderDetroit Tigers1BPaul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks
2BJason KipnisCleveland Indians1B Allen CraigSt. Louis Cardinals
2BDustin PedroiaBoston Red Sox1B Freddie FreemanAtlanta Braves
2BBen ZobristTampa Bay Rays2B Matt CarpenterSt. Louis Cardinals
3BManny MachadoBaltimore Orioles2B Marco ScutaroSan Francisco Giants
SSJhonny PeraltaDetroit Tigers3B Pedro AlvarezPittsburgh Pirates
OFNelson CruzTexas RangersSS Everth CabreraSan Diego Padres
OFAlex GordonKansas City RoyalsSS Jean SeguraMilwaukee Brewers
OFTorii HunterDetroit TigersOFDomonic BrownPhiladelphia Phillies
DHEdwin EncarnacionToronto Blue JaysOF Carlos GomezMilwaukee Brewers
CJason CastroHouston AstrosOF Andrew McCutchenPittsburgh Pirates
CSalvador PerezKansas City RoyalsCBuster PoseySan Francisco Giants
LHPBrett CecilToronto Blue JaysBrian McCannAtlanta Braves
LHPGlen PerkinsMinnesota TwinsLHPMadison BumgarnerSan Francisco Giants
LHPChris SaleChicago White SoxLHP Aroldis ChapmanCincinnati Reds
RHPGrant BalfourOakland AthleticsLHP Patrick CorbinArizona Diamondbacks
RHPClay BuchholzBoston Red SoxLHPClayton KershawL.A. Dodgers
RHPBartolo ColonOakland AthleticsLHPCliff LeePhiladelphia Phillies
RHPJesse CrainChicago White SoxLHP Jeff LockePittsburgh Pirates
RHPYu DarvishTexas RangersLHP Travis WoodChicago Cubs
RHPSteve DelabarToronto Blue JaysRHPJose FernandezMiami Marlins
RHPFelix HernandezSeattle MarinersRHPJason GrilliPittsburgh Pirates
RHPGreg HollandKansas City RoyalsRHPCraig KimbrelAtlanta Braves
RHPHisashi IwakumaSeattle MarinersRHPMark MelanconPittsburgh Pirates
RHPJustin MastersonCleveland IndiansRHPSergio RomoSan Francisco Giants
RHPMatt MooreTampa Bay RaysRHPAdam WainwrightSt. Louis Cardinals
RHPJoe NathanTexas RangersRHP Jordan ZimmermannWashington Nationals
RHPMariano RiveraNew York Yankees   
RHPChris TillmanBaltimore Orioles   
RHPJustin VerlanderDetroit Tigers   


Miguel Cabrera, American League, 3B

What more can be said about Miguel Cabrera? The guy is a machine at the plate, cranking out hits and driving in runs more often than anyone else in the majors.

Despite Chris Davis' greatness through the first half of the season, Cabrera is still in the mix to win the Triple Crown for the second consecutive year. Let that sink in.

He leads the AL in batting average (.365) and RBI (95) at the All-Star break and trails Davis by seven home runs, which is impressive considering the sort of tear Crush has been on in 2013.

The reigning AL MVP and an eight-time All-Star, you can bet that Cabrera will be determined to deliver with the bat on Tuesday after going 0-for-1 at the plate in an 8-0 loss to the National League last summer. 


Chris Davis, American League, 1B

Miguel Cabrera's teammate on Tuesday night, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will be can't-miss entertainment with the bat in his hands. 

The 6'3", 230-pound power hitter leads the majors with 37 home runs through the first half of the season. To put that number in perspective, only Cabrera has at least 30 and no other player has more than 25 to this point.

Davis put his unrivaled power on display Monday night in the Home Run Derby, reaching the second round before ultimately bowing out with 12 homers.

This will be Davis' first All-Star Game appearance, but that won't matter given how flawless his swing is coming in.


Carlos Gonzalez, National League, LF

Like Cabrera and Davis, Colorado Rockies star Carlos Gonzalez will be must-see television when he takes to the plate on Tuesday night at Citi Field. 

CarGo currently leads the National League in home runs this season with 25 dingers in 91 games. The 27-year-old slugger will start in left field for the NL on Tuesday, making his second straight All-Star appearance.

Gonzalez went 0-for-2 at the plate a year ago as a designated hitter in his first All-Star Game, but expect him to overcome the nerves in his second go-around. After all, the Venezuelan is batting over .300 this season with a slugging percentage of .610.


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