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David Ortiz batting cleanup for American League All-Star team

David Ortiz will start the 2016 MLB All-Star Game

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The lineups for the All-Star game are out, meaning we now know where the four Red Sox starting for the American League will play, and when they'll come up to bat. So what are we looking at? Here we go:


Jose Altuve, 2B Ben Zobrist, 2B
Mike Trout, CF Bryce Harper, RF
Manny Machado, 3B Kris Bryant, 3B
David Ortiz, DH Wil Myers, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS Buster Posey, C
Eric Hosmer, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Mookie Betts, RF Marcell Ozuna, CF
Salvador Perez, C Carlos Gonzalez, LF
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Addison Russell, SS
Starting Pitcher -- Chris Sale Starting Pitcher -- Johnny Cueto

David Ortiz is batting fourth, as well he should be. You could argue third, you could argue fourth, you could argue second if you're really big on lineup optimization by "The Book," but not exactly on the specifics. But there's no doubt Ortiz, in his 20th season, at age 40, is the league's most dangerous bat.

Xander Bogaerts getting the nod at fifth is nice to see, too. It's the spot between the top and bottom of the order if you're looking at things mathematically, but in terms of identity it's solidly in the "heart" of the lineup, the 3-4-5 who are supposed to take the stage set by the top guys and cash in. While he's been slumping these past two weeks, he's still starting to look like the total package hitter he was always supposed to be. And the only reason I say "starting" is because he's still only 23, meaning there might be far bigger things in store for him.

After that, we've got our two outfielders. Mookie Betts slots in at #7, sticking in right field while Jackie Bradley Jr. is the guy who has to shift over to make space for Mike Trout, who understandably gets the MVP treatment. If there's something that's particularly odd here, it's that Ned Yost has given the nod to his own guy Perez (.283/.318/.500) over Bradley (.296/.378/.548). This would be a great thing to get upset about if you have limitless time and energy, and thrive off of outrage.

That's half an All-Star lineup hailing from the Red Sox. One of them is an all-time legend, and the others are all home-grown and pre-arbitration. Hopefully they'll stick around in Boston forever, and earn if not that same stature, at least something close.

First pitch is at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, with FOX handling broadcast duties.