Talkin’ All-Stars Live – NL vs. AL – 07/15/08

79th Annual MLB All-Star Game – National League vs. American League
Game Time – 7:00pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: FOX – Radio: ESPN Radio, XM Radio Channel 174, 176
Location – Yankee Stadium, New York

Ben Sheets (10-3, 2.85/1.11) vs. Cliff Lee (12-2, 2.31/1.03)

The first pitch of the 79th Mid-Summer Classic is scheduled to take place around 7:25pm C.T. as the National League attempts to end the recent dominance of the American League. The Senior Circuit has lost 10 in a row and including the tie in Milwaukee back in 2002; the NL has not won an All-Star game since 1996 and has lost 16 of the last 19. Clint Hurdle will look to end the draught, with Lou Piniella serving as his bench coach, against Terry Francona and the powerful AL lineup.

Tonight will be the last All-Star game at Yankee Stadium as the fabled old ballpark is in the middle of a farewell tour of sorts. The Home Run Derby on Monday night featured one of the most dominating performances in derby history, now the question is, can the actual game provide a similar memory that will talked about for years to come?

Eight players and Lou Piniella will represent the Chicago Cubs, while only five will participate, it is fitting that one of the most storied organizations in the history of the game will be represented so heavily in the last All-Star game in The House That Ruth Built.

2008 Chicago Cubs All-Stars

  • Carlos Zambrano
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Kerry Wood
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Kosuke Fukudome
  • Geovany Soto
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Alfonso Soriano

Starting Lineups

National League:

  • Hanley Ramirez – SS
  • Chase Utley – 2B
  • Lance Berkman – 1B
  • Albert Pujols – DH
  • Chipper Jones – 3B
  • Matt Holliday – RF
  • Ryan Braun – LF
  • Kosuke Fukudome – CF
  • Geovany Soto – C
  • SP – Ben Sheets

American League:

  • Ichiro Suzuki – RF
  • Derek Jeter – SS
  • Josh Hamilton – CF
  • Alex Rodriguez – 3B
  • Manny Ramirez – LF
  • Milton Bradley – DH
  • Kevin Youkilis – 1B
  • Joe Mauer – C
  • Dustin Pedroia – 2B
  • SP – Cliff Lee

Complete National League and American League Rosters from

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