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Andrew McCutchen hit the first grand slam of his career

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Wilson Ramos may not have gotten a grand slam on Tuesday night, but Andrew McCutchen did. The Pirates’ outfielder had come to the plate with the bases loaded 97 times over the course of his nine-year career and never hit the coveted four-run homer.

The Pirates loaded the bases with two outs against Orioles starter Kevin Gausman to bring McCutchen to the plate. After working the count 2-1, McCutchen drove a 95 MPH fastball out to center field for his first career grand slam, extending his team’s lead to 6-0.

McCutchen later hit a three-run home run to right field. He has boosted his slash line to .278/.362/.487 along with 28 home runs, 87 RBI, 92 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases in 635 plate appearances.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.