Talkin’ All-Stars Live – NL vs. AL – 07/10/12

83rd MLB All-Star – National League vs. American League
Game Time – 7:00pm CDT
Coverage – TV: FOX – Radio: ESPN Radio, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

Matt Cain (9-3, 2.62/0.96) vs. Justin Verlander (9-5, 2.58/0.95)

The first pitch of the 83rd Mid-Summer Classic is scheduled to take place around 7:25pm CDT as the Senior Circuit attempts to beat the Junior Circuit for the third straight year. Tony LaRussa is calling the shots for the National League team in what is expected to be his final game as a big league manager. For the third straight year, Ron Washington is the manager of the American League squad.

The Cubs will have more than one player representative for the first time since 2008. Starlin Castro will participate in his second straight All-Star game while Bryan LaHair is making his first trip. Dave McKay will also represent the Chicago Cubs tonight. At the request of Tony LaRussa, McKay will be part of LaRussa’s coaching staff for one last time.

With Matt Cain and Justin Verlander starting the game, the first two innings should be filled with a lot of swings and misses …

Only one player is a carryover from the National League starting lineup from a year ago, Carlos Beltran, and Prince Fielder switched from one league to the other. The American League squad has six players returning from last year’s starting nine.

Starting Lineups

National League:

  • Carlos Gonzalez – DH
  • Melky Cabrera – CF
  • Ryan Braun – LF
  • Joey Votto – 1B
  • Carlos Beltran – RF
  • Buster Posey – C
  • Pablo Sandoval – 3B
  • Dan Uggla – 2B
  • Rafael Furcal – SS

American League:

  • Derek Jeter – SS
  • Robinson Cano – 2B
  • Josh Hamilton – LF
  • Jose Bautista – RF
  • Prince Fielder – 1B
  • Adrian Beltre – 3B
  • David Ortiz – DH
  • Mike Napoli C
  • Curtis Granderson – CF

Complete National League and American League Rosters from MLB.com

Let’s Talk All-Star Ball … and remember, THIS ONE COUNTS!

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