LOS ANGELES -- National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy announced his starting lineup on Monday, and Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson will bat eighth and play left field for the NL in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Cincinnati.
Bryce Harper starts in right field and Andrew McCutchen in center field. Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Holliday were elected starters by fans, but both are injured, replaced in the starting lineup by McCutchen and Pederson, who finished third and fourth, respectively, in the player vote.
Pederson has never started a major league game in left field and hasn't played the position in 2015 outside of spring training, but he did play two games and five total innings in left in 2014.
This is shades of teammate Andre Ethier, who was an All-Star starter in 2010 in center field, despite never playing the position to that point in his career.
Pederson is the first Dodgers rookie position player to start an All-Star Game.
The last Dodger to start an All-Star Game in left field was Tommy Davis in 1963.
The last Dodgers All-Star starter to bat eighth was second baseman Jeff Kent in 2005. He was 0-for-1 with a strikeout.
Pederson coupled with Zack Greinke gives the Dodgers two All-Star starters for the first time since 1995, when pitcher Hideo Nomo and catcher Mike Piazza started for the National League in Arlington.