SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Usually a cleanup hitter, Barry Bonds will
bat second for the N-L squad in tomorrow night's All-Star game in
The Giants slugger hasn't started a game in the number-two hole
since 1987 when he did it four times in his second year in the
majors with Pittsburgh.
La Russa's batting order for the game has New York Mets
shortstop Jose Reyes leading off, followed by Bonds then Mets
center fielder Carlos Beltran. Ken Griffey Junior of the Reds will
bat cleanup and play right field, Mets third baseman David Wright
bats fifth followed by Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder,
Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, Philadelphia second baseman Chase
Utley and San Diego pitcher Jake Peavy.
Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki will play center field and lead off for
the A-L All-Stars. He's followed by Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter,
Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz and Yankees third baseman Alex
Rodriguez batting cleanup. Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels bats
fifth and plays right field, Detroit's Magglio Ordonez is in left batting sixth, followed by two more
Tigers -- catcher Ivan Rodriguez and second baseman Placido Polanco
. Oakland's Dan Haren is the A-L's starting pitcher.