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Astros 2B Jose Altuve batting leadoff for the A.L. All-Star team

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The heartbeat of the Astros will be the first player to bat for the American League.

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Royals manager Ned Yost set his roster earlier this week for tonight's 2016 All-Star game in San Diego.  Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will be batting in the leadoff spot for the American League team.

Last season, Altuve batted in the No. 8 hole in his first All-Star start. Altuve is appearing in his fourth All-Star Game, he appeared in 2012 and now has been selected three years in a row (2014-2016).

Altuve, 26, is batting .341 (119x 349) with 67 runs scored, 24 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 51 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, .413 on-base percentage, .542 slugging percentage, and a .954 OPS. Altuve leads AL second baseman in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, wRC+ (152), and stolen bases.

Altuve has six leadoff home runs this season, before he was moved to the No. 3 spot in the Astros batting order.