- The Washington Times - Monday, July 16, 2018

Washington’s summer in the sun as the “sports capital” of the country continues Tuesday with the Midsummer Classic.

With MLB on its All-Star Break and the NFL, NBA and NHL out of season, Washington literally has “the only game in town” when it hosts the 89th MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

Here’s everything you need to know and read before the game gets underway.

Date and time: Tuesday, July 17, 8 p.m.

Television: Fox

Radio: ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio

American League lineup:

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 lineup:

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

Starting pitchers:

Max Scherzer (NL) and Chris Sale (AL) will start the All-Star Game against one another for the second year in a row. It’s Sale’s third straight start.

Washington Nationals playing:

Technically, it’s only Harper and Scherzer. Relief pitcher Sean Doolittle was also named an All-Star and is spending the break in Washington, but will not play Tuesday due to a foot injury that’s placed him on the disabled list.

Pre-game reading:

- For All-Star Scherzer, it’s always been about the climb to the top of the summit, by David Driver

- A philosophical Harper bats away (most of) the questions about pressure, by Thom Loverro

- “It’s the worst”: Machado hopes trade rumors end soon, by Matthew Paras

- District ready to host MLB All-Star Game, a “gold standard” event, by Adam Zielonka

- Blake Treinen returns to Nationals Park as first-time All-Star, by Andy Kostka

- MLB brings green initiatives to Washington for All-Star Break, by Adam Zielonka

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