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Scherzer vs. Sale to start All-Star Game

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WASHINGTON (AP) By the time Bryce Harper gets to the plate at the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer could already be done.

Harper is batting sixth in his fifth All-Star start, the lowest he has been in the National League lineup since the No. 9 spot in 2013. Scherzer getting the start against Boston's Chris Sale is no surprise as the hometown ace, but Harper faces a much different dynamic knowing this could be the final time he's honored on a big stage by Nationals fans when he trots out to center field on Tuesday night.

In a contract year that could be his last with Washington, Harper is hitting .214 with a .365 on-base percentage, .468 slugging percentage, 23 home runs and 54 RBIs. That batting average is 60 points lower than the next-closest NL All-Star hitter, while his HR total is one shy of the league lead.

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AL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 M. Betts, Bos.359
2 J. Altuve, Hou.332
3 J. Martinez, Bos.328
4 J. Segura, Sea.323
5 M. Duffy, TB.317
6 M. Machado, Bal.315
7 A. Simmons, LAA.313
8 E. Rosario, Min.311
9 M. Trout, LAA.310
10 Y. Gurriel, Hou.310
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NL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 S. Gennett, Cin.326
2 N. Markakis, Atl.323
3 A. Almora Jr., ChC.319
4 F. Freeman, Atl.315
5 E. Suárez, Cin.312
6 N. Arenado, Col.312
7 M. Kemp, LAD.310
8 C. Dickerson, Pit.306
9 J. Aguilar, Mil.298
10 G. Parra, Col.297
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