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Cleveland Guardians infielder Andrés Giménez to start at second base in the 2022 MLB All-Star Game: 'As it should've been all along'

The Cleveland Guardians made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Guardians will have a starter representing Northeast Ohio and the American League in the Midsummer Classic. 

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Infielder Andrés Giménez will make the start at second base on Tuesday in Los Angeles, California, at Dodger Stadium for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game. 

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The Cleveland Guardians made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

The news comes as the original starter José Altuve of the Houston Astros, opted out of the game. 

Giménez has been stellar all season for the Guardians. The 23-year-old is having a breakout season in Cleveland. He currently is batting .299 (75-251), with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs in 75 games. 

Giménez is one of three Guardians representing Northeast Ohio at the All-Star Game. Third baseman José Ramίrez and pitcher Emmanuel Clase will also be at the Midsummer Classic. 

The game will take place on Tuesday, July 19, at 8 p.m. ET with the National League All-Star Team hosting at Dodger Stadium. 

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Just one day before the All-Star Game, Ramírez will compete in the 2022 Home Run Derby at 8 p.m. ET

Ramírez currently has 17 home runs this season for the Guardians. 

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