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MLB All-Star Game Preview from The Sports Network



Tuesday, July 15 (All times Eastern)

National League (43-39-2) at American League (39-43-2), 8 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: National - Adam Wainwright (12-4, 1.83) American - Felix Hernandez (11-2, 2.12)

(SportsNetwork.com) - New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter makes his final All-Star Game appearance on Tuesday, as the American League tries to make it two straight wins over the National League in the 85th Midsummer Classic at Target Field.

Jeter was chosen by the fans to appear in his 14th All-Star Game in this, the expected final season of his illustrious 20-year career. Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell named Jeter as his leadoff hitter when he announced his lineup for Tuesday's contest.

"To celebrate a player who's not only a champion but a guy that sets the bar that I think all players should aspire to -- the way he's handled himself with class, with performance, no doubt a Hall of Famer," Farrell said. "This will be a day that many baseball fans that are either in the ballpark or watching, will remember -- Derek's last All-Star Game."

Jeter, who played his first All-Star Game back in 1998, will likely be honored at some point during the contest similar to the way former teammate Mariano Rivera was celebrated during the AL's 3-0 win a year ago at Citi Field.

Following Jeter in the lineup will be Angels phenom Mike Trout in left field and Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano.

Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera will bat cleanup, followed by Toronto's Jose Bautista in right field, Baltimore designated hitter Nelson Cruz, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson and Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

Farrell also named Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez as his starter for Tuesday's contest. Hernandez, the first-ever Venezuelan to start this game, is 11-2 this season with an AL-best 2.12 ERA in 20 starts.

"It's an honor to be here and it's always fun (to be in an All-Star Game)," said Hernandez, who joins Randy Johnson (1995, '97) as the only other Seattle pitcher to start the game. "I just have to go out and do what I have to do, throw zeroes up there and help my team win."

He hasn't given up more than two runs in a start since May 12. In fact in the 11 starts since that outing he is 7-1 with a 1.48 ERA and .173 batting average against.

Hernandez will be opposed by St. Louis righty Adam Wainwright, who was chosen by his manager Mike Matheny ahead of Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw.

"It was not an easy task" said Matheny. "There were a lot of deserving pitchers out there."

Wainwright is certainly deserving, as he is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA in 19 starts. He is tied for the National League lead in victories with Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon and trails Kershaw's 1.78 ERA, although the Los Angeles lefty does not have enough innings pitched to qualify for the best mark.

"Aside from winning two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, this has to be one of the highlights of my baseball career," said Wainwright. "It's really cool. I can't wait to go out and hopefully lead our National League squad to a victory."

The lineup for the visiting National League will open with reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh in center field and will follow with Dodgers star Yasiel Puig in right field and Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will bat fourth and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton will serve as the designated hitter. Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez will hit sixth, followed by Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez in left field.

Once again, the winner of the All-Star Game will give its league home-field advantage in the World Series.

This is the third time that the MLB All-Star Game will be played in Minneapolis and the first since the NL pulled out a 6-1 win back in 1985 at the Metrodome.

Next year's All-Star Game will be contested at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

07/15 10:38:29 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
7:00pm Tonight
NCSU
BSU
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PIT
CAR
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CHA
GSW
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UF
UNC
8:30pm Tonight
TULSA
ECU
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
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CHA
GSW
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TOR
DAL
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DET
MIL
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ATL
NOP
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HOU
LAC
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OKC
NYK
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IND
ORL
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SAN
SAC
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DEN
PHO
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POR
MEM
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LAL
MIN
Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
 
Final
SMU 9
HOU 35
 
Final
IOWA 34
NEB 37
 
Final
SFLA 0
UCF 16
 
Final
MARS 66
WKENT 67
 
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
 
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
 
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
 
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
 
Half
MIZZ 6
ARK 14
 
Half
SALABAMA 17
NAVY 21
 
2nd
ARZ 14
ARST 14
 
2nd
AFA 14
COLST 10
 
2nd
UCLA 10
STAN 14
 
8:00pm Tonight
VT
UVA
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TULSA
ECU
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
 
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
 
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
 
Final
NARZ 72
SOUTH 63
 
2nd
DART 55
MAST 49
 
2nd
WRST 29
FIU 31
 
2nd
XAV 41
UTEP 38
 
1st
OSU 33
JMU 17
 
1st
TXSOU 13
LAM 14
 
1st
TAMCC 31
MVSU 16
 
1st
AKAN 20
MIZST 25
 
1st
BUCK 24
PSU 31
 
1st
PROV 24
YALE 23
 
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UGA 4
MINN 2
 
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WISC
OKLA
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Terriers
NORST
 
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PEAY
STEPH
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FSU
CSOU
 
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VALPO
DRAK
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CIN
MTST
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SDU
PRIN
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CSFU
USCU
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WASU
RICE
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GT
RIDE
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TXPA
ALAST
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NCSU
BSU
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TCU
BRAD
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WAKE
DELST
 
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HART
EMERSON
 
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STJ
GONZ
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CLEM
HIGH
 
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SYR
HC
 
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MD
MON
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JVST
SAV
 
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MIAMI
SALA
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RUTG
VANDY
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PETE
TENST
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MARS
CLST
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JST
HOF
 
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INDST
MEM
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UF
UNC
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LATU
SAMF
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TULA
SELA
 
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NEB
TENNM
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MISS
CREI
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PORT
MURST
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MARQ
MSU
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ARK
UNT
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NCOL
STET
 
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IND
UNCG
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SJST
WMICH
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MNTST
TXARL
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UVA
LAS
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STLU
MSST
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COLST
PAC
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UTAH
NDAK
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ILL
BAY
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UAB
UCLA
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WASH
LBSU
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UCSB
MERC
Final
PHI 0
NYR 3
1st
ANA 0
CHI 2
 
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WAS
NYI
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PIT
CAR
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NJD
DET
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BUF
MON
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CLB
VAN
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BOS
WIN
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FLA
OTT
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STL
EDM
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DAL
MIN