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|
|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|
|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||C||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
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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