MINNEAPOLIS -- Giancarlo Stanton didn't get enough votes to be named an All-Star starter by the fans, but he got Mike Matheny's vote.
The Cardinals skipper named Stanton his designated hitter for Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Target Field, making Stanton the first Marlin since Hanley Ramirez (2010) to make a Midsummer Classic starting lineup.
Stanton, who leads the National League with 21 homers, will bat fifth behind Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and in front of Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
"He's a pretty impressive guy," Matheny said. "Watching the impact he has on the game and the impact he has on that lineup. You have to give him a great deal of respect not just because of the power, but the ability to get on base and the ability he has to turn the game around on one pitch. I don't think I've seen anybody maybe since [Mark] McGwire hit the ball as hard he does. It's nice to have him on my side for once."
TUESDAY'S STARTING LINEUPS
> AL: 1. Derek Jeter SS, 2. Mike Trout LF, 3. Robinson Cano 2B, 4. Miguel Cabrera 1B, 5. Jose Bautista RF, 5. Jose Bautista RF, 6. Nelson Cruz DH, 7. Adam Jones CF, 8. Josh Donaldson 3B, 9. Salvador Perez C. RHP Felix Hernandez
> NL: 1. Andrew McCutchen CF, 2. Yasiel Puig RF, 3. Troy Tulowitzki SS,4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B, 5. Giancarlo Stanton DH, 6. Aramis Ramirez 3B, 7. Chase Utley 2B, 8. Jonathan Lucroy C, 9. Carlos Gomez LF. RHP Adam Wainwright