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Javier Baez Set to Bat Lead-Off for National League in All-Star Game

Contreras to bat ninth for NL; Abreu hits 8th for AL

Chicago Cubs superstar Javier Baez will have a very important role for the National League All-Stars in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game.

Baez, who was elected as a starter by a fan vote, will bat lead-off and play second base for the National League squad as they look to take home bragging rights in the 89th edition of the annual game.

Fellow Cubs star Willson Contreras, who was also elected as a starter by fan vote, will bat ninth and play catcher for the squad.

For Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, he will have to wait just a little bit longer to take his turn at the plate. Abreu, who was elected a starter in the fan vote, will bat eighth, hitting between Manny Machado and Salvador Perez

Here is the full National League lineup:

1 Javier Baez – 2B

2 Nolan Arenado – 3B

3 Paul Goldschmidt – DH

4 Freddie Freeman – 1B

5 Matt Kemp – LF

6 Bryce Harper – CF

7 Nick Markakis – RF

8 Brandon Crawford – SS

9 Willson Contreras – C

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer will get the start in front of his hometown fans. He will be opposed by Boston Red Sox hurler Chris Sale.

Here is the full American League lineup:

1 Mookie Betts – RF

2 Jose Altuve – 2B

3 Mike Trout – CF

4 JD Martinez – DH

5 Jose Ramirez – 3B

6 Aaron Judge – LF

7 Manny Machado – SS

8 Jose Abreu – 1B

9 Salvador Perez – C

The All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington. 

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