At last, MLB All-Star Week 2017 has arrived. This year’s Midsummer Classic takes place in Miami, and the Yankees are sending a notable contingent. In total, five Bombers were named to the American League’s squad. Aaron Judge led the league in voting and will be formidable presence in the lineup. He’s joined by Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro, although the latter won’t be playing due to injury. Luis Severino and Dellin Betances will represent the Yankees in the pitching staff.
The activities kicked off on Sunday afternoon with the MLB Futures Game. Team USA topped the World by a score of 7 - 6. Two Yankees farmhands made appearances. Domingo Acevedo struggled, having surrendered three runs on four hits in one inning of work. He struck out just one, and reports indicated that his trademark slider looked flat. Estevan Florial, on the other hand, had a nice little game. He came in as a defensive replacement in the fifth inning. He went 0 - 1 with a walk and a run scored.
The Home Run Derby takes place on Monday night, and that is shaping up to be must-see television. Both Judge and Sanchez will participate. They’ll be joined by sluggers like Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers. Are you already fantasy booking a final of Judge and Stanton? Don’t count out Sanchez. He regularly hits batting practice bombs to all fields.
That brings us to the main event, the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. Fox has pre-game coverage starting at 7:30 PM. Judge looks to bat in the middle of the starting lineup. Severino and Betances could each chip in an inning, and Sanchez might make his way in later on. Regardless of who actually plays, I’m looking forward to some dream matchups. Judge against Max Scherzer? Sign me up.
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All-Star schedule of events
all times ET
8 p.m. - Home Run Derby (ESPN)
10 p.m. - All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (ESPN)
3 p.m. - MLB All-Star Red Carpet show (MLB Network)
8 p.m. - 2017 MLB All-Star Game (Fox)