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Ohtani and Altuve named to starting lineup when MLB All-Stars announced

Shohei Ohtani secured his fourth consecutive All-Star Game starting spot and Jose Altuve his sixth overall when the rosters for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game were announced Sunday.

Fan voting determined the starters for the National League and American League teams that will face off on July 16 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

New York Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge for the AL and Philadelphia first baseman Bryce Harper for the NL were selected in the first wave of fan voting, with the remaining lineups announced in a second round.

For Ohtani, the 30-year-old Japanese designated hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, it will be his first appearance for the NL after playing three seasons with the AL team when he played for the Los Angeles Angels.

Ohtani, who has an NL-best 27 home runs this season, is tied for the longest streak of All-Star appearances with Judge, who leads the MLB with 32 home runs and 83 runs batted in and will make his sixth All-Star start overall.

Harper leads all All-Star starters with his seventh start overall.

Houston second baseman Altuve, making his sixth All-Star appearance, has a batting average of .308 with 13 home runs and 13 stolen bases.

Altuve joins fellow AL starters Yordan Alvarez of Houston as designated hitter, Juan Soto of the Yankees as outfielder, Cleveland outfielder Steven Kwan and third baseman Jose Ramirez, Toronto first baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Baltimore shortstops Gunnar Henderson and Adley Rutschman as catcher.

For Alvarez, Kwan, Soto, Henderson and Rutschman it is the first All-Star start.

On the NL side, in addition to Ohtani and Harper, there will be catcher William Contreras from Milwaukee, second baseman Ketel Marte from Arizona, shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Alec Bohm from Philadelphia, as well as outfielders Christian Yelich from Milwaukee and Jurickson Profar and Fernando Tatis Jr. from San Diego.

The pitchers named to the teams include the best of the MLB season: right-hander Seth Lugo from Kansas City with 11 wins for the AL and left-hander Chris Sale from Atlanta for the NL.

Also selected were left-hander Ranger Suarez of Philadelphia in the NL, who won 10 games, and Tarik Skubal of Detroit in the AL.

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