Welcome to the All-Star Game. If you’re interested only in watching the Yankees, you can probably turn off the television after five innings or so. All three of their active representatives are in the starting lineup and likely won’t play the second half of the game. The Yankees fourth all-star is CC Sabathia, who’s on the disabled list and unavailable. Here are the lineups.
RHP Justin Verlander (9-5, 2.58)
Carlos Gonzalez DH
Melky Cabrera CF
Ryan Braun LF
Joey Votto 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Buster Posey C
Pedro Sandoval 3B
Dan Uggla 2B
Rafael Furcal SS
RHP Matt Cain (9-3, 2.62)
TIME/TV: Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX
9-3, 3.45 ERA, 105 K
By his standards, Sabathia is having a so-so season, but he’s so respected in the game that the players voted him to the all-star team. He won’t play because of strained adductor muscle, but he’s in Kansas City because his 8-year-old son — little CC — wanted to go. Little CC’s favorite player is Prince Fielder, so does that mean Fielder’s son’s favorite player is Sabathia? “I don’t know,” CC said. “That’s a good question.”
This is Jeter’s 13th all-star team, but the first on which he’s been the leadoff hitter. He’s tied for the American League lead in hits and his .308 average is highest among American League shortstops. After a slow month of June, Jeter hit .378 through the first eight days of July heading into the break. While much of the attention is being paid to younger players, Jeter and Chipper Jones are also being heralded as the veteran icons of this year’s All-Star Game.
Starting second baseman
With a late surge in all-star voting, Cano moved ahead of Ian Kinsler and into the American League’s starting lineup. This is the third straight year that he’s been elected, and those three seasons have been so good that there’s every reason to believe Cano will become a mainstay in the American League lineup. He leads the league in total bases and his .313/.374/.578 slash line is — so far — the most impressive of his career.
Starting center fielder
For a second straight season, Granderson is the American League’s starting center fielder. He was the leadoff hitter last season. This time he’s batting ninth. Granderson’s 23 home runs are tied for the fourth-most in the American League behind Jose Bautista, Josh Hamilton and Adam Dunn. He’s on pace for another 40-plus-homer season, and has emerged as one of the top power-hitters in baseball. He’s been particularly powerful for a guy who plays a premium defensive position.
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