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Big Papi, Torii to manage Futures teams

Former teammates will face off in showcase of game's top prospects
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Fan favorites David Ortiz and Torii Hunter will emerge from retirement to manage the World Team and U.S. Team, respectively, in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 15 at Nationals Park.

The rosters, umpires and remainder of the coaching staffs will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fan favorites David Ortiz and Torii Hunter will emerge from retirement to manage the World Team and U.S. Team, respectively, in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 15 at Nationals Park.

The rosters, umpires and remainder of the coaching staffs will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 20th annual All-Star Futures Game features top Minor League prospects playing in a full nine-inning contest as part of All-Star Weekend. The U.S. Team holds a 12-7 all-time advantage over the World Team.

During last year's Futures Game, righty Brent Honeywell (Rays' No. 1 prospect) tossed two shutout innings for MVP honors en route to a 7-6 win for the U.S. squad at Marlins Park for its seventh victory in the past eight years. Other notable players in the 2017 Futures Game included the Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., the Phillies' Rhys Hoskins, the Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Yankees' Estevan Florial.

Video: McMaster, Callis discuss USA's 7-6 Futures Game win

Big Papi will make his coaching debut looking to get the World Team back in the win column. The Dominican 10-time All-Star played 20 seasons in the Majors -- six with the Twins before completing his career with the Red Sox. Ortiz led Boston to three World Series titles and finished in the top five in the American League Most Valuable Player Award voting in each of his first five seasons with the Red Sox.

Ortiz finished the 2006 season with a single-season Red Sox franchise record of 54 home runs. His 541 career homers rank 17th all-time in MLB history and fourth all-time among Dominican-born players. The feared slugger retired after the 2016 season.

Hunter was an offensive and defensive star for the Twins, Angels and Tigers over the course of his 19-year career. The nine-time Gold Glove Award winner made five All-Star appearances. In 2002, Hunter became the first Twins outfielder to draw an All-Star start since Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett seven years earlier. Hunter led Minnesota to AL Central titles four times in five years from '02-06, and he was part of division-winning teams with the Angels and Tigers. He was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in '16, a year after he retired.

Ortiz and Hunter were teammates in the Minor Leagues and with the Twins from 1997-2002.

MLB.com will live stream and MLB Network will exclusively televise the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 4 p.m. ET, with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and Jim Callis calling the contest live from Nationals Park. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers.

Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar.