Los Angeles Angels At least, that's the American League starting lineup for designated hitter in the July 19 All-Star

Game at Dodger Stadium. Alvarez, the Astros' left-handed slugger, leads the major leagues with OPS and slugging

percentage. He batting.312/.410/.665 at Friday's action. But Ohtani, Angels' two-way star won him the second

round fan voting to win his second consecutive All-Star Game starting assignment. Ohtani was the AL's first

pitcher last year. Each position was reduced to two finalists after the first round of voting. A new round of voting

began. Ohtani received 52% of votes, while Alvarez got 48%. Alvarez will no doubt be designated a reserve player

when the rest are announced on Sunday. Ohtani's hitting is.257, with 18 home runs. But his pitching numbers are better

8-4 with a 2.44 ERA (111 strikeouts) in 81 innings. He has allowed only four earned runs in his last four starts while

striking out 40 batters over 26 1/3 innings. Ohtani's two-way performance has given him a chance of winning his

second straight MVP Award despite another disappointing season for the Angels.

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