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2015 MLB All-Star Game open thread

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Can the American League make it three wins in a row against the Senior Circuit?

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The time has come for Major League Baseball's 86th All-Star Game! There won't be any Yankees in the starting lineup unfortunately, but it seems likely that all three will get into the game somehow. Brett Gardner has always provided value through his speed and defense, so he would be quite useful off the bench, Mark Teixeira is the easy and safe pick to relieve starter Albert Pujols at first base, and AL manager Ned Yost certainly knows the value of dominant relievers like Dellin Betances waiting in the wings.

TV coverage of the game will begin on FOX at 7:00 with first pitch scheduled for 8:15. As cool as it was to watch Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter 's departure from the big league stage at the All-Star Games of the past two years, it will be nice to just watch it and not have one player be the overarching storyline hammered home by the FOX broadcast booth. Instead we just get an absolutely stacked group of young players ready to seize the stage, from defending MVP Mike Trout to Nationals star Bryce Harper, steamrolling toward the NL MVP honors this with the type of crazy numbers not seen since the prime of Barry Bonds. Welcome to the new age.

This game of course determines home-field advantage for the World Series (however silly that might be), so go ahead and win the dang thing, AL!

Go Yankees, go AL, go baseball, go weather, and most of all, stay healthy!


Mike Trout - CF Andrew McCutchen - CF
Josh Donaldson - 3B Todd Frazier - 3B
Albert Pujols - 1B Bryce Harper - RF
Nelson Cruz - DH Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Lorenzo Cain - RF Buster Posey - C
Adam Jones - LF Anthony Rizzo - DH
Salvador Perez - C Jhonny Peralta - SS
Jose Altuve - 2B Joc Pederson - LF
Alcides Escobar - SS DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Dallas Keuchel - SP Zack Greinke - SP


Russell Martin C Yasmani Grandal C
Stephen Vogt C Yadier Molina C
Mark Teixeira 1B Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Jason Kipnis 2B Anthony Rizzo 1B
Brian Dozier 2B Joe Panik 2B
Manny Machado 3B Nolan Arenado 3B
Mike Moustakas 3B Kris Bryant 3B
Jose Iglesias SS Brandon Crawford SS
Brock Holt UTIL Troy Tulowitzki SS
Brett Gardner OF Ryan Braun OF
J.D. Martinez OF A.J. Pollock OF
Prince Fielder DH Justin Upton OF
Miguel Cabrera (inactive) 1B Dee Gordon (inactive) 2B
Alex Gordon (inactive) OF Matt Holliday (inactive) OF
Jose Bautista (inactive) OF Giancarlo Stanton (inactive) OF
Chris Archer P Madison Bumgarner P
Dellin Betances P A.J. Burnett P
Brad Boxberger P Aroldis Chapman P
Zach Britton P Gerrit Cole P
Wade Davis P Jacob deGrom P
Kelvin Herrera P Clayton Kershaw P
Felix Hernandez P Carlos Martinez P
Darren O'Day P Mark Melancon P
Glen Perkins P Shelby Miller P
David Price P Jonathan Papelbon P
Chris Sale P Francisco Rodriguez P
Hector Santiago P Trevor Rosenthal (inactive) P
Sonny Gray (inactive) P Michael Wacha P
Max Scherzer (inactive) P