Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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Houston's Altuve tops voting for Baseball All-Star Game

Houston's Altuve tops voting for Baseball All-Star Game

Leading the way is Jose Altuve, who became the first Astros player ever to be the leading All-Star vote-getter. Hudson worked the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston. The Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 16.

The Legends will also have Seuly Matias participating in the highly regarded Futures Game during the All-Star festivities. Moscoso and McCrady also will be a part of Sunday's All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.

The National League final vote players are Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner. Bregman will be making his All-Star debut.

Known as the "Midsummer Classic", the game features baseball's most talented (and popular) players who take the field in the hopes of earning some serious bragging rights. Altuve will be just the second Astros player to start four All-Star games, joining Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, who started four straight for the NL squad from 1995-98 (all at second base).

Former Angel Torii Hunter will manage the U.S. Team, while AAA Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson will serve as its third-base coach. Cash, who is in his fourth season at the helm of the Rays, will make his second consecutive trip to the Midsummer Classic after joining Terry Francona's staff in Miami previous year. This will be Matias' first Futures Game and is the lone representative of the Kansas City Royals.

The MLB All-Star rosters are officially set and, as expected, a few teams stood out on Sunday. Verlander will be inactive for the game as he is scheduled to pitch for the Astros two days before the July 17 game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The 34-year-old Markakis played in 1,928 career Major League Baseball games before earning his first All-Star bid, which is a record. MLB Network, and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

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