Talkin’ All-Stars Live – NL vs. AL – 07/16/13

84th MLB All-Star Game – National League vs. American League

  • Game Time – 7:00pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: FOX – Radio: ESPN Radio, XM Radio Channel 89
  • Location – Citi Field, New York

Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.35/0.92) vs. Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19/0.98)

It’s time for the Mid-Summer Classic and another exhibition game between the Senior Circuit and Junior Circuit. The first pitch of the 84th All-Star game is scheduled to take place around 7:25pm CDT as the National League attempts to beat the American League for the fourth straight year. Bruce Bochy will call the shots for the NL squad and Jim Leyland will skipper for the AL team.

Travis Wood is the Cubs’ lone representative this year and was cleared by the team to pitch in the game if Bruce Bochy calls his number. Dale Sveum gave Wood the clearance on Sunday night to pitch in the All-Star game on what would be his side day.

With Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer starting the game there could be a lot of swings and misses in the first inning. And if nothing else, it should be very entertaining to watch Harvey and Scherzer face the best in the game.

Starting Lineups

National League:

  1. Brandon Phillips – 2B
  2. Carlos Beltran – RF
  3. Joey Votto – 1B
  4. David Wright – 3B
  5. Carlos Gonzalez – LF
  6. Yadier Molina – C
  7. Troy Tulowitzki – SS
  8. Michael Cuddyer – DH
  9. Bryce Harper – CF

American League:

  1. Mike Trout – LF
  2. Robinson Cano -2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera – 3B
  4. Chris Davis – 1B
  5. Jose Bautista – RF
  6. David Ortiz – DH
  7. Adam Jones – CF
  8. Joe Mauer – C
  9. J.J. Hardy – SS

Complete National League and American League Rosters from MLB.com

For those wondering how Ray Fosse is doing 43 years after his infamous collision with Pete Rose in the All-Star game, Scott Miller caught up with him and he is not bitter but he is still aching.

Baseball has had as many colorful names throughout the history of the game as the colorful characters that have played the game. Check out a report from SI.com on some of the best names in baseball.

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

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  • paulcatanese

    Ah the good old All Star game. This is a game that is mostly in the eyes in the beholder. Would a fan rather see the game on an entertainment basis, that is, get everyone in and all play having a good time and it matters not who wins.
    Or since the winning league has the home field advantage in the coming World Series, is that desired?
    This of course would mean playing the game to win, and may not be as entertaining as some hope for.
    Bruce Bochy takes the game seriously and the responsibility of assuring the home berth at the end of the season, I prefer the latter, win the game.
    This game is the anti climax of the home run contest, which in my opinion should be eliminated entirely from this part of the season.
    Who can honestly believe that these players are actually hitting home runs?
    Fathers, coaches, throwing meatballs at half speed and half distance and in the correct zone for these guys that have grooved swings to hit the ball a great distance. If they didn’t they should be sent so far away that it would send a telegram to cover the cost of a postcard to find them.
    This event is a travesty and simply a money maker for Baseball, especially when tickets were going at a 700% increase for some seats.
    The only thing that made sense to the whole day, and I assume it to be so, was the donation cards that people and players held up for Cancer. That make’s sense to me, the rest does not.

    • Dorasaga

      You know as well as anybody, the midsummer clasic is not meant to be serious–realize I intentionally lower-cased the event and disregarded typos. Players nowadays are professionals and EXPECTED to play serious, even at an expo-game. And they did. Nonsense. You are supposed to have fun and make flashy moves, basket catch, dive and jump, do you show around like players, like a circuit, extend your athletic creativity. Click the heels, make Ron proud.

      By the way, Neil, good find. The aching shoulder and arthritis and above all, this is what All Star supposed to be:

      “Ray and Carol had been married only three months earlier, in April. And the All-Star Game back then was a low-key affair. There was no Home Run Derby. No Futures Game. The players arrived on Sunday night, worked out on Monday afternoon and played the game Tuesday evening.

      McDowell and Rose were longtime friends. Fosse was in his first full season in the majors.

      “There was none of the fanfare they have now with all of the parties and things,” Fosse said. “We just ended up going out to dinner the night before because there was nothing going on. And we talked baseball, and Pete said, ‘All you want to talk about is Johnny Bench.’ “

  • John_CC

    Once again, this TV-less schmuck cannot watch the All Star game because (for some really smart reason, I’m sure) FOX will not stream the game live. What could that possibly hurt? FOX is a network station, it’s free to every that owns a TV, right? Why in hell not reach another X million viewers online to sell ads to?

    ARGGG!

    I remember TBS had a great live stream with 4 camera angles to chose from when they had the game.

    If anyone knows of a safe online site to stream games, please let me know. Thanks.

    And thanks for Neil for keeping my Luddite arse up-to-date! What would I do without the CCO and “talkin live?”

    • Dorasaga

      “I guess FOX makes stupid mistakes.” —

      Stewie Griffin

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Trout takes Harvey’s first pitch down the right field line … and he just plunked Cano with a 96 mph fastball on the knee.

    • paulcatanese

      Right Neil, hope that injury is not serious, even if he is a Yankee. Hate to see those in one of these games. Brings back those memories of stars getting hurt.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Harvey gets out of it … wow.

  • Dorasaga

    I’m rooting for Cliff Lee today, btw, he’s on my other fantasy team, and I really respect an athlete who’s already playing for the top, could turn his career around, and refuse to give in for the money from NY, because he respects his wife’s opinion, and could stay true to himself.

    • paulcatanese

      Rooting for him also, although he had a little trouble out there, but got out of it with only one scoring.

  • Dorasaga

    Great play by Phillips under the armpit to Tulo who made that marvelous 180 degree spin. Almost a double play.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, but did you notice, Tulo didn’t touch second base, but got away with it.

      • Dorasaga

        Make sure the kids don’t imitate that, but at least these stars had fun out there.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Hey, he was in the neighborhood right?

        • paulcatanese

          I think the 180 turn fooled everybody:)

  • Dorasaga

    That 101 mph by Chapman, that’s why baseball caused the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Manny Machado with an excellent play, What an impressive kid.

  • paulcatanese

    Thinking about sending my resume in for manager,
    I would require short cropped hair, no facial hair, no chains around the neck of any material, no pants below the shin, must be above the ankle, stirrups of course, full uniforms for batting practice, no shorts or t-shirts, and a guaranteed one week contract. I think that should fly :)))

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Enter Sandman … awesome tribute to Mo

    • paulcatanese

      What an emotional moment for anyone who has ever played the game, a great tribute, to a great player.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        That was very, very cool. A ton of respect for that man.

        Mo was just named MVP … and that works for me. Low scoring game, why not?

  • paulcatanese

    Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience tonight, very well done, would have hoped for a different result but
    it is what it is.

  • triple

    Kind of a boring game. At least Brandon Phillips was out there to put on a show. The Mariano Rivera moments were my favorite. He really is a class act, and I’m glad he got to appreciated as much as he was in this game.

    • DWalker

      I can’t stand the yankees at all, but Rivera is an absolute class act who deserves a great sendoff. He will be missed.