Bryce Harper to bat ninth, play center field in the All-Star Game

Alex Brandon/AP

Alex Brandon/AP

As Bruce Bochy read off his lineup for tomorrow night’s All-Star Game at Citi Field, he reached his number nine hitter and announced “Bryan Harper” would be playing center and bringing up the rear. Unless Bryce’s brother – a Class A reliever in the Nationals’ system – took his place at the minute, that was just a poorly timed slip of the tongue.

In his first All-Star Game start tomorrow night, Bryce Harper will bat ninth and play center field. Bochy chose to bat Harper, 20, last in the lineup behind more veteran, established players. (Perhaps telling about the way the baseball establishment views two of its brightest phenoms, American League Manager Jim Leyland batted Mike Trout leadoff.)

Here are the full lineups, which includes a pitching matchup of Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer.

As for tonight’s Home Run Derby, Harper is scheduled to hit sixth out of the eight participants. National League derby captain David Wright later clarified that Harper — calling him “the phenom” — would be first among NL’s home run derby participants, so expect the 20-year-old to be among the first hitters in Monday’s night contest. Harper will be followed by Cuddyer, Alvarez and then Wright.

National League
1. Brandon Phillips, 2B
2. Carlos Beltran, RF
3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. David Wright, 3B
5. Carlos Gonzalez, LF
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
8. Michael Cuddyer, DH
9. Bryce Harper, CF
- Matt Harvey, SP

American League
1. Mike Trout, LF
2. Robinson Cano, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Chris Davis, 1B
5. Jose Bautista, RF
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. Adam Jones, CF
8. Joe Mauer, C
9. J.J. Hardy, SS
- Max Scherzer, SP

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