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All-Star Gameday Thread

American League National League
  1. Ichiro Suzuki RF
  2. Derek Jeter SS
  3. Joe Mauer C
  4. Mark Teixeira 1B
  5. Jason Bay LF
  6. Josh Hamilton CF
  7. Evan Longoria 3B
  8. Aaron Hill 2B
  9. Roy Halladay P
  1. Hanley Ramirez SS
  2. Chase Utley 2B
  3. Albert Pujols 1B
  4. Ryan Braun RF
  5. Raul Ibanez LF
  6. David Wright 3B
  7. Shane Victorino CF
  8. Yadier Molina C
  9. Tim Lincecum P

Must say, looking at the two line-ups, I would have to give the edge to the American League. There's only a couple of positions where the National League appears to have an advantage - I like our middle infield better. At most spots, the AL looks clearly better: at catcher, it's more a chasm than a gap. And CF too: Victorino goes from being the last man added to the roster, to starting the game. Guess that's what happens when it's your manager running the team. I know Bob stuffed the roster with D-backs in 2002, but I don't recall him quite doing that [Schilling was the only AZ player to start]

Watched the All-Star Derby last night, which was fun as ever. I like that it's a fairly-relaxed event, with the players' kids playing around - though I have to say, it felt that a foul-ball could have wreaked havoc, since it's not like they were exactly paying attention. Probably less likely when the pitches are being floated in at 50 mph. Prince Fielder won, with some impressive bombs - even Special K would have been hard pushed to compete, I think. Was it just me, or did it seem to run very long?I was under the impression there should have been a Celebrity Softball game as well, but ESPN apparently gave up and went to Sport Science instead.

Anyway, here's where we'll discuss the game tonight, keeping an eye out for our guys to get into proceedings, and hopefully show the world why Dan Haren and Justin Upton deserved their selections.