Rising Stars Game From AFL

SURPRISE, Ariz.—Batting practice is over here at the Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League. Here's a few quick observations from pregame, plus today's lineups:

• Bryce Harper is the DH tonight, which gives him a better chance of playing the entire game. Harper has hit five home runs in his last seven games here and has a 13-game hitting streak.

"Even his line drives sound different," said one American League scout. "He's the real deal."

• Several other players impressed with their BP turns other than Harper. Royals farmhand Wil Myers struggled during the regular season, but you couldn't tell by the way he's swinging it in the AFL. He's hitting .384/.505/.685 with five doubles, four triples and three home runs, and the coaches on the West all-stars said his hands are as quick as anyone in the league. He had easy power in BP.

• Starters Gerrit Cole (Pirates) and Danny Hultzen (Mariners), the No. 1 and No. 2 selections in this year's draft, will face each other as the game's starters. They're expected to pitch two innings apiece.

• The lineups, with the visiting East up first:

Robbie Grossman (Pirates), RF
Mike Trout (Angels), CF
Junior Lake (Cubs), SS
Nolan Arenado (Rockies), 3B
Bryce Harper (Nationals), DH
Derek Norris (Nationals), C
Ben Paulsen (Rockies), 1B
Brian Dozier (Twins), 2B
Tim Wheeler (Rockies), LF

Gerrit Cole (Pirates), RHP

West All-Stars

Kevin Mattison (Marlins), CF
Nick Franklin (Mariners), SS
Wil Myers (Royals), RF
Mike Olt (Rangers), 3B
Michael Choice (Athletics), DH
Joe Terdoslavich (Braves), 1B
Jaff Decker (Padres), LF
Christian Bethancourt (Braves), C
Christian Colon (Royals), 2B

Danny Hultzen (Mariners), LHP

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