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2013 MLB All Star Game Roster: Highlighting Must-See Players at the Plate
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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 League National League
Starters
Pos. Player Team Pos. Player Team
SP Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers SP Matt Harvey New York Mets
1B Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles 1B Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
2B Robinson Cano New York Yankees 2B Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
3B Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 3B David Wright New York Mets
SS J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles SS Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
LF Mike Trout L.A. Angels LF Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
CF Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles CF Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
RF Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays RF Carlos Beltran St. Louis Cardinals
DH David Ortiz Boston Red Sox DH Michael Cuddyer Colorado Rockies
C Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
Reserves
1B Prince Fielder Detroit Tigers 1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
2B Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians 1B  Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals
2B Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 1B  Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
2B Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay Rays 2B  Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
3B Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles 2B  Marco Scutaro San Francisco Giants
SS Jhonny Peralta Detroit Tigers 3B  Pedro Alvarez Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Nelson Cruz Texas Rangers SS  Everth Cabrera San Diego Padres
OF Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals SS  Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers
OF Torii Hunter Detroit Tigers OF Domonic Brown Philadelphia Phillies
DH Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays OF  Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
C Jason Castro Houston Astros OF  Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
C Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals C Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
LHP Brett Cecil Toronto Blue Jays Brian McCann Atlanta Braves
LHP Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins LHP Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
LHP Chris Sale Chicago White Sox LHP  Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds
RHP Grant Balfour Oakland Athletics LHP  Patrick Corbin Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox LHP Clayton Kershaw L.A. Dodgers
RHP Bartolo Colon Oakland Athletics LHP Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies
RHP Jesse Crain Chicago White Sox LHP  Jeff Locke Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Yu Darvish Texas Rangers LHP  Travis Wood Chicago Cubs
RHP Steve Delabar Toronto Blue Jays RHP Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
RHP Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners RHP Jason Grilli Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Greg Holland Kansas City Royals RHP Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma Seattle Mariners RHP Mark Melancon Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Justin Masterson Cleveland Indians RHP Sergio Romo San Francisco Giants
RHP Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays RHP Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Joe Nathan Texas Rangers RHP  Jordan Zimmermann Washington Nationals
RHP Mariano Rivera New York Yankees      
RHP Chris Tillman Baltimore Orioles      
RHP Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers      

 

Miguel Cabrera, American League, 3B

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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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