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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Boom! Jean Segura was the Final Vote selection for the AL and now the Mariners shortstop tags the almost unhittable Josh Hader with a three-run homer to give the AL a 5-2 lead ... moments after Joey Votto couldn't corral his foul pop along the dugout railing. Segura could follow on the heels of Robinson Cano last year to give the Mariners back-to-back All-Star MVPs.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Trevor Story of the Rockies, whose 68 RBI are the most ever by an NL shortstop in the first half, just knocked in another with a solo homer off Charlie Morton. It's the fourth bomb of the game, all solo shots.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

A's second baseman Jed Lowrie makes his All-Star debut at age 34, making him one of the feel-good All-Stars of 2018. "I feel like I've had a good career and I've gone through a lot of adversity and ups and downs," he said Monday, "so to get here at this stage is pretty special."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

If Manny Machado is traded prior to Friday, he'll become just the third person ever to play an All-Star Game with one team, then start the second half with another team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Drew Pomeranz did it in 2016. Seventy years earlier, in 1946, Frankie Hayes did it.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

A little strategy from the AL: With Matt Kemp up followed by lefties Bryce Harper, Nick Markakis and Brandon Crawford, Rays lefty Blake Snell gets a second inning of work.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Dodgers reportedly on the verge of acquiring Manny Machado, here's what president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told me recently about balancing prudence with chasing stars: "I think the No. 1 thing we're solving for is winning baseball games and trying to put ourselves in position to be as good as we can in the current year, while maintaining that ability as far as we see out. That's the primary driver in everything that we do. That plays out in different ways at different periods of time. One thing I think I appreciate most about this job is the passion that our fans have for the Dodgers. That's something that struck me right away and I continue to encounter, whether it's at the ballpark or at Starbucks or wherever. And we feel a pretty fee responsibility to do everything we can to bring a championship back to Los Angeles, and to put ourselves in position to contend for a championship perennially. With that, we have to balance some short term and long term."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

After Mike Trout homered off Jacob deGrom at the All-Star Game, Bryce Harper was asked, from the outfield, whether Trout should be considered the best player in the game. "If you don't," Harper said, "then you're not watching."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Just call Mike Trout Mr. All-Star. He's already won two All-Star Game MVP awards in his career and he just gave the AL a 2-0 lead as he lines a 1-2 fastball from Jacob deGrom for a home run. The best player in the game, my friends.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

After Matt Kemp's second-inning double, AL shortstop Manny Machado moseyed over to second base, whipped out his phone, and snapped a selfie of him and the Dodgers outfielder. Depending on which rumor mill you frequent, Machado and Kemp might have a whole lot more photo opps real soon.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer hit 98 mph three times in the first inning, but his 95-mph 0-1 fastball to Aaron Judge was right down the middle and Judge crushed it deep into the left-center bullpen. In case you didn't notice: The AL has a pretty good lineup.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Sale is starting his third straight All-Star Game, joining Lefty Gomez and Robin Roberts as the only pitchers to do. So that's pretty cool. As A.J. Hinch, it's a reflection of his year-to-year dominance and consistency.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer *loves* the All-Star Game, said on Monday that it's the closest you get to a postseason game in intensity and atmosphere. Dave Roberts said he'll pitch two innings while everyone will also go one, with Jacob deGrom in line.

Dana Lee ESPN 

Choir members form the American flag for the national anthem.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Huge cheers in DC for former Nationals Wilson Ramos and Blake Treinen. Treinen went from failed closer to being traded last summer in the deadline deal that brought Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from Oakland. This season with the surprising A's, Treinen has been lights out, notching 24 saves and posting a 0.94 ERA that leads all qualified relievers.

Dania Haughton ESPN 

Manny Machado, Nelson Cruz and Aaron judge head out to the field ahead of the All-Star game.

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