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MLB All-Star Game 2013: Lineups released, David Ortiz batting sixth

The All-Star game lineups are out, with David Ortiz batting sixth for the American League.

Otto Greule Jr

The starting lineups for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game have been released and David Ortiz, Boston's lone representative in the event, will be batting sixth for the American League.

American League All-Stars

  1. Mike Trout, LF
  2. Robinson Cano, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Chris Davis, 1B
  5. Jose Bautista, RF
  6. David Ortiz, DH
  7. Adam Jones, CF
  8. Joe Mauer, C
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS

National League All-Stars

  1. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  2. Carlos Beltran, RF
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. David Wright, 3B
  5. Carlos Gonzalez, LF
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  8. Michael Cuddyer, DH
  9. Bryce Harper, CF

Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis batting 3rd and 4th makes all the sense in the world--they're the only two batters you can really put above David Ortiz right now, at least when only considering their contributions at the plate.

So why Jose Bautista again? Joey Bats is Joey Bats, but he hasn't been at his best since 2011. Still, the answer is simple enough: it's the ol' left-right-left-right arrangement, which you may remember Terry Francona doing some remarkable lineup-twisting to preserve at times in his lengthy tenure with the Red Sox.

Whatever the reason, though, it's about as stacked a lineup as you'd expect from this sort of thing. Hopefully one that can pull out a victory since, unlike last year, the Red Sox might actually have some stake in the outcome of this weirdest of All-Star events.

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