Rays' Corey Dickerson hitting seventh in AL All-Star lineup
Corey Dickerson's first All-Star experience has him batting seventh as the DH in the American League lineup for Tuesday's game.
AL manager Brad Mills noted the quality of Dickerson's at-bats for the Rays in explaining his choice.
"His ability to lengthen out at-bats, and then as the at-bat goes take the ball the other way, he's been pretty special,'' Mills said. "Even though he's a leadoff guy, it's nice to have him down in the order a little bit.''
The Rays' other All-Star player, RHP Chris Archer, is expected to be available to work at some point after AL starter Chris Sale, even though he threw 108 pitches over 6 2/3 innings Sunday in the win over Boston.
Rays manager Kevin Cash is on the AL All-Star staff and will assist Mills, who is stepping in for Terry Francona, who is missing the game after undergoing a heart procedure.
Mills said he hopes to have as much fun with Cash as Francona typically does, and plans to rely on him quite a bit during the game, specifically on the AL East players on their roster.
"I will be able to use him as much because of our friendship and his knowledge of a lot of the guys that have been in the Eastern division ... so we'll be talking about that and talking about going through things,'' Mills said. "So it's a treat and a pleasure to be able to have him involved.''
As for poking fun at Cash, Mills said: "I'm going to try to, but he's probably going to reverse it on me as much as he can,
Washington's Max Scherzer is starting for the NL team.
Here is the AL lineup:
And the NL lineup: