Yelich to hit lead-off in All-Star Game

Back soreness forced Yelich to sit out the Home Run Derby, but he will start and hit lead-off for the NL.

Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich will bat lead-off and start in left field for the 90th MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Yelich was scheduled to compete in the Home Run Derby, but he withdrew from the competition with a sore back.

"It's definitely a bummer, something I was really looking forward to doing, really wanted to do. Hopefully I'm able to do it again in the future," Yelich said at Monday's news conference. "If had any ability to do it, if I could've done it at all, physically, I would've been out there."

Brewers teammate and All-Star reserve Yasmani Grandal is used to seeing Yelich- who leads the league with 31 homers- show his hitting power every night.

"It's like a home run derby all over again," Grandal said Monday. "I don't think people actually realize how much power this guy has when he actually lets it loose."

The American League has won six straight All-Star games.