Jul 13, 2015, 1:32 PM EDT
CINCINNATI — Bryce Harper will bat third and start in right field for the National League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, manager Bruce Bochy announced this afternoon.
Harper, enjoying a breakthrough season that to this point would rank among the best in baseball history, was selected to hit in the heart of a stacked NL lineup that also includes former MVP Andrew McCutchen, Reds slugger Todd Frazier (playing this game in Cincinnati), Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Giants catcher Buster Posey.
Harper reached the All-Star break hitting .339 with 26 homers, 61 RBI, 63 walks and a league-leading .464 on-base percentage, .704 slugging percentage and 1.168 OPS.
This is Harper’s third All-Star appearance, the second time he has been voted in as a starter, but the first time he’ll play such a prominent role in the game. When he started in 2013 at Citi Field, he hit ninth in the NL lineup.
Harper is still seeking his first career All-Star hit; he’ll enter this game 0-for-3 with a walk in the Midsummer Classic.
Bochy decided to name Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke his starting pitcher for the game at Great American Ball Park, a decision perhaps made easier when Max Scherzer started Sunday’s game in Baltimore, making himself ineligible to pitch Tuesday.
Though he won’t appear in the All-Star Game, Scherzer did come to Cincinnati for the festivities and was present at the starting lineups press conference. The right-hander joined several other prominent players in support of a joint MLB/MLBPA announcement of $30 million being donated to youth baseball and softball facilities.
Here are the full lineups for both leagues in Tuesday night’s game…
CF Andrew McCutchen, PIT
3B Todd Frazier, CIN
RF Bryce Harper, WSH
1B Paul Goldschmidt, AZ
C Buster Posey, SF
DH Anthony Rizzo, CHC
SS Jhonny Peralta, STL
LF Joc Pederson, LAD
2B D.J. LeMahieu, COL
(RHP Zack Greinke, LAD)
CF Mike Trout, LAA
3B Josh Donaldson, TOR
1B Albert Pujols, LAA
DH Nelson Cruz, SEA
RF Lorenzo Cain, KC
LF Adam Jones, BAL
C Salvador Perez, KC
2B Jose Altuve, HOU
SS Alcides Escobar, KC
(LHP Dallas Keuchel, HOU)
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