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Christian Yelich will still play in 2019 MLB All-Star Game

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The top-vote getter will lead off and play in left field for the National League

Milwaukee Brewers v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich won’t hit dingers at the Home Run Derby, but he’s still starting for the National League during Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

When NL manager Dave Roberts posted his team’s Midsummer Classic batting order, Yelich sat atop the order and manned left field. Brewers beat reporter Adam McCalvy when straight to the source to confirm, and Yelich told him, “Yeah, I’m going to play.”

Yelich confirmed with McCalvy and other media that he couldn’t do the Home Run Derby because of the number of swings. That won’t be an issue for Tuesday’s game as he’ll likely take no more than three at-bats and play in about five innings.

The reigning MVP will be the first Brewers starter in an All-Star Game since Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy started for the National League in 2014.