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All-Star Game lineups unveiled; Dodgers' Andre Ethier starting in CF for the NL

July 12, 2010 | 11:55 am
Ethier_300 Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier will be starting in center field for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, Manager Charlie Manuel announced.

Asked why he decided to start Ethier in center, Manuel mumbled something unintelligible about the voting process, the lack of a center fielder on the NL roster and how Ethier has played the position.

Couple of problems: First, Ethier was first in player voting and second in fan voting among NL outfielders. Corey Hart, who is starting in right field, wasn't in the top three in fan voting and earned in a place in the starting lineup as a replacement for sidelined Jason Heyward. Second, Ethier has never played center field, at least in the majors.

Here are the lineups:

American League

Ichiro Suzuki RF

Derek Jeter SS

Miguel Cabrera 1B

Josh Hamilton CF

Vladimir Guerrero DH

Evan Longoria 3B

Joe Mauer C

Robinson Cano 4

Carl Crawford LF

David Price SP

National League

Hanley Ramirez SS

Martin Prado 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Ryan Howard DH

David Wright 3B

Ryan Braun LF

Andre Ethier CF

Corey Hart RF

Yadier Molina C

Ubaldo Jimenez SP

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Andre Ethier makes a catch against the Yankees on June 26. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.