Houston's Altuve tops voting for Baseball All-Star Game

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts and designated hitter J.D. Martinez

As the current collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and MLBPA states, the victor of the game will not earn home field advantage in the World Series as it did in the past.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), and PLAY BALL Park at The Yards (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city.

The official scorer for the 2018 All-Star Game will be MLB's Washington, DC-based scorer Ben Trittipoe. We take a look at some of the top players who will be taking part in this star studded match.

Altuve will start at second base for the American League squad for the 4th consecutive season while making his 6th All-Star appearance overall.

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All nine of those players have been All-Stars before. Find the full rosters for both the American League and National League here.

Bregman, who was the AL Player of the Month for June, is the sole first-time All-Star for the Astros this year.

The Futures Game airs live on MLB Netwrok.

Roberts and A.J. Hinch, the manager of the Houston Astros and American League all-stars, will select the starting pitchers. The Cubs will have two starters in catcher Willson Contreras and second baseman Javier Baez, with the rest of the starting roster consisting of Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.

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The surprising inclusion in the American League was undoubtedly reliever Joe Jimenez of the Detroit Tigers. It's important to note that he's not Detroit's closer, either, and is instead a setup man.

This selection process was made up of 8 position players decided by the fans, 16 player decided by the player's ballots - 5 pitchers, 3 relievers and 1 substitute for each position; and 7 players decided by the MLB Commissioner's office - 3 position and 4 pitchers.

Here's all you need to know about the 2018 All-Star Futures Game.

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