The starting lineups for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game were announced on Monday and as expected, Roy Halladay of the Phillies will start for the National League Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, against American League starter Jered Weaver of the Angels. The Dodgers' Matt Kemp, in his first All-Star Game, gets a prime spot in the NL batting order, hitting third:
For Kemp, he joins select company, as just the fourth Dodgers player ever to start and bat third in the All-Star Game. Pete Reiser, a young would-be star who had an annoying habit of running into non-padded walls, hit third for the NL in 1941 and 1942. Duke Snider, the last Dodger center fielder to slug .500 in a season (minimum 400 PA), hit third in the 1954 and 1955 midsummer classics. Steve Garvey hit third in 1979.
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