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American League All-Star lineup has Derek Jeter leading off, Josh Hamilton batting third

Jul 9, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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American League manager Ron Washington officially announced Justin Verlander as his starter at today’s press and also revealed his lineup, which features Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter leading off, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton batting third, and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista cleaning up:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Robinson Cano, 2B
3. Josh Hamilton, LF
4. Jose Bautista, RF
5. Prince Fielder, 1B
6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
7. David Ortiz, DH
8. Mike Napoli, C
9. Curtis Granderson, CF

Washington also managed the AL team in last year’s All-Star game and batted Bautista cleanup then too, although he had Curtis Granderson leading off instead of batting ninth, Hamilton hitting fifth instead of third, and Robinson Cano hitting eighth instead of second.

  1. Joe - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    He’s got a lot of that L-R-L-R thing going on, to keep LaRussa from stifling the lineup with a single lefty reliever late in the game. Good thinking!

    • escapingexile - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      By “late in the game” you are talking about what, the fifth inning? These guys are likely to be on the bench by the sixth.

      • Joe - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        Sorry, forgot this bit:

        “/sarcasm”

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      I thought you were going to recite the Contra extra lives code for a sec there, Joe.

  2. mianfr - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    That lineup is so bad you may even be able to get a more productive one if you simply flipped it.

  3. drewzducks - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Big Papi batting 7th ? Get ready for the obligatory “disrespect” rant.

  4. rgledz - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    What were you people thinking when you voted Napoli as the starting catcher!? Mauer should be the starter hands down, but the fans have spoken I guess. It should be interesting to watch the American League All-Stars/Rangers against the NL squad. Let’s hope the pitching keeps them in it.

  5. thatyankeedude - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    You know you have an amazing team when Ortiz is hitting seventh and Granderson is hitting last. Wow.

  6. steelguy425 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Didn’t the White Sox just sweep the Rangers and put a 14 spot on the board against the Yankees? Konerko should be a starter as DH, not Big Popi.

    • jcossio - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      Paulie has a higher average in 8 fewer games, yes. With less walks and equal strikeouts. Ortiz (.312, 22 HR, 57 RBI, 187 total bases, 25 2Bs, 51 BB, 1.013 OPS) clearly has superior numbers in comparison to Konerko (.329, 14 HR, 42 RBI, 151 total bases, 15 2Bs, 33 BB, .932 OPS). Not to mention the fact that Paulie is primarily a first baseman and therefore could not have been elected a starter in the DH spot. If you wanted to make an argument that Paulie should have gotten the start at 1st over Prince, that I can understand more (despite the fact that Fielder is an absolute RBI machine, his numbers are more comparable to Konerko than Ortiz’s). However, this Yankee fan believes that Big Poopy earned his start, and there was no better candidate for the job.

      • steelguy425 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        You make valid points. It appears there are a lot of Yankee fans on this site. When my son was 6 years old, the Yankees were playing the White Sox at the Cell. During batting practice, Mike Messina was warming up and A-Rod was standing next to him. About 40 or 50 people were standing at the edge of the field pleading for autographs. Messina saw my son back about four or five rows trying to get to the front but never being able to get through the crowd. He grabbed a baseball, had seven or eight guys sign it including A-Rod and Jeter, then walked over the low wall back to my son and gave him the ball. That was the classiest act I have seen in 45 years as a fan.

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