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Ohtani, Vlad Jr. headline 2021 MLB All-Star Game starters

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MLB’s top players will take the field on July 13 for the 2021 All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver, and now we know who will take the field first.

The All-Star starters, as determined by fans in Phase 2 voting, were announced Thursday night. Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, teammate Mike Trout and Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. headline the American League squad, while San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado lead the National League team.

Here are the full positional starters for the American League and National League:

AL

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

First base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays

Second base: Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

 

Third base: Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox

Left field: Teoscar Hernandez, Toronto Blue Jays

Center field: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Right field: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Designated hitter: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

NL

Catcher: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

First base: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Second base: Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates

Shortstop: Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

Third base: Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals

Left field: Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds

Center field: Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves

Right field: Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds

The Blue Jays have the most All-Star starters with three. The Red Sox, Angels, Braves and Reds all have two and six teams have a single representative.

Of the 17 players announced as starters, nine are first-time All-Stars: Guerrero, Semien, Devers, Hernandez, Ohtani, Tatis, Frazier, Castellanos and Winker.

The American League has won seven straight All-Star Games dating back to 2012 (there was no contest in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic led to a shortened season).

The rest of the All-Star rosters, including both pitching staffs, will be announced on Sunday, July 4.