Here are the starting lineups for the 2013 Futures Game

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The 2013 All-Star Week festivities get underway this afternoon with the Futures Game — a showcase of some of the best prospects in baseball, pitting U.S.-born players against those from around the world. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET at New York’s Citi Field. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2.

   TEAM USA                         TEAM WORLD
CF Billy Hamilton, CIN           LF Reymond Fuentes, SD
2B Delino DeShields Jr., HOU     2B Arismendy Alcantara, CHC
RF George Springer, HOU          SS Xander Bogaerts, BOS
1B C.J. Cron, LAA                3B Miguel Sano, MIN
3B Matt Davidson, ARI            RF Henry Urrutia, BAL
LF Joc Pederson, LAD             1B Jordan Lennerton, DET
DH Christian Yelich, MIA         CF Gregory Polanco, PIT
SS Addison Russell, OAK          DH Maikel Franco, PHI
C Austin Hedges, SD              C A.J. Jimenez, TOR

SP Noah Syndergaard, NYM         SP Rafael Montero, NYM

One of the best sights to see during All-Star Week is Futures Game batting practice. The kids aren’t used to the big stadium, the big crowd and the throngs of media, so they each try to put on a show when they step in. Miguel Sano, the Twins’ powerful rising star, apparently lived up to the hype earlier this morning.

Yankees activate Giancarlo Stanton

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The New York Yankees have activated Giancarlo Stanton. He’ll be in the lineup in tonight’s game against the Rays.

Stanton has been on the injured list since April 1 due to a left biceps strain and a left shoulder strain sustained in what Aaron Boone called a “funky swing” at the time. He began a rehab assignment in late May, had it halted due to injury, and resumed it recently. He’s been swinging the bat well during his most recent stint, socking four homers in ten games.

That pop will be welcome. The Yankees have weathered Stanton’s injury — and injuries to Aaron Judge and scads of other players — but a team can’t defy gravity forever. At some point you need your established threats back. With Stanton coming back tonight, Judge coming back later this week and with the addition of Edwin Encarnación in that trade with Seattle, the Bombers should continue to hit bombs throughout the summer.