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All-Star Game, July 14, 2009, Busch Stadium, St. Louis

2009 All-Star Game News Archive - July 2009

  • MLB goes above, beyond with charity

    Major League Baseball lived up to the "Going Beyond" theme of its All-Star Week activities by generating more than $7 million of donations to charitable organizations through programs leading up to and in the 80th Midsummer Classic.

  • From Pujols to Musial, Classic had it all

    From FanFest to Sheryl Crow's concert, from the charity 5K to the Red Carpet parade, from Barack Obama to Stan Musial, to -- of course -- Albert Pujols, the 80th All-Star Game had everything a baseball fan could possibly want.

  • All-Star affair special for Seattle trio

    While both Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez performed well on the field and Don Wakamatsu learned a lot in the dugout, their trip to the All-Star Game meant so much more.

  • AL's win begins and ends with Yanks

    Derek Jeter scored twice -- once on a ball hit by Mark Teixeira -- and Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his fourth Midsummer Classic save, surpassing Dennis Eckersley for the all-time lead in the American League's 4-3 win over the National League on Tuesday night in St. Louis.

  • Amid buzz, Halladay, Hill enjoy Classic

    After talk swirled about Roy Halladay's future with Toronto, the AL starter had some issues in game action, giving up three runs, but he enjoyed the experience. Aaron Hill went hitless but had a great time in his All-Star debut.

  • Just the facts: Breaking down the ASG

    Now that the All-Star Game has been played 80 times -- no, the American League hasn't won all of them -- the annual meeting Tuesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis has its official place in history.

  • Short trip, huge honor for Hillman, Greinke

    Trey Hillman coached in an All-Star Game before, albeit in Japan. So when he and Zack Greinke represented the AL on Tuesday, it was a truly memorable night.

  • Obama has surprises for All-Stars

    Of all the things the stars of Major League Baseball had to have taken away from their meeting with President Barack Obama prior to the 80th All-Star Game on Tuesday, it's this: The leader of the free world definitely does his homework when it comes to hardball.

  • Jones lofts sacrifice fly to lift AL

    Adam Jones soaked it all in on Tuesday at the 80th All-Star Game in St. Louis -- that's before he brought home the go-ahead run for the AL with a sac fly in the eighth.

  • Duke, Sanchez unable to help NL

    For only the third time in the past 16 years, the Bucs had two representatives in the Midsummer Classic. However, neither Freddy Sanchez nor Zach Duke, ended up making an appearance.

  • Un-D-lievable: Crawford wins All-Star MVP

    For his leaping catch that robbed Brad Hawpe of a homer in the seventh inning on Tuesday, Carl Crawford was named MVP at the 80th All-Star Game.

  • Granderson's triple key in AL's triumph

    Curtis Granderson's triple couldn't have come at a much better time, setting up his go-ahead run in the eighth inning on Adam Jones' sacrifice fly for a 4-3 AL win Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

  • Rivera gives Papelbon cherished memory

    His main job is to get saves, and Jonathan Papelbon already has 136 of them, a Red Sox record. Every now and then, however, a win comes along, and this is one Papelbon will cherish.

  • All-Star Game one Pujols will never forget

    Albert Pujols had won two MVP's, a World Series and played in seven All-Star Games before taking the field at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

  • Savvy All-Star vets Wright, K-Rod shine

    David Wright played it cool this year at his fourth All-Star Game, but was all business on the field, as was Frankie Rodriguez, who tossed a scoreless ninth. Johan Santana did not pitch.

  • Senior Circuit takes latest in loss string

    The NL is in danger of becoming to the All-Star Game what the Cubs are to the World Series -- a complete stranger to victory at any known point in the recent past.

  • Phillies' All-Stars enjoy visit with Obama

    Most players offered President Barack Obama a hello and a handshake before the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Busch Stadium. Shane Victorino offered him macadamia nuts. And macadamia chocolate.

  • Zimmerman enjoys the experience

    Ryan Zimmerman said he wouldn't have been upset if he didn't play in Tuesday's All-Star Game. Not only did he play, but he shared the experience with his mom and other family members.

  • Another save, another record for Mariano

    With a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday at Busch Stadium, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera secured a 4-3 victory for the Junior Circuit that will have important postseason ramifications. It was also Rivera's fourth All-Star Game save, moving him past Dennis Eckersley for the most in Major League history.

  • Twins plenty involved in AL victory

    The excitement of the All-Star experience will immediately give way to yard work, relaxation and family time for the Twins' participants. But on Tuesday night, it was all about the baseball.

  • Fielder, Hoffman shine for NL All-Stars

    The fact that Prince Fielder even had the opportunity to get in the 80th All-Star Game, which the National League dropped, 4-3, to the American League, was bonus enough for the Brewers first baseman on Tuesday night.

  • AL beats NL, keeps All-Star streak alive

    Adam Jones' sac fly in the eighth gave the American League a 4-3 win in the 80th Midsummer Classic, extending the Junior Circuit's unbeaten streak to 13 consecutive years.

  • Buehrle relishes All-Star homecoming

    Check another important item off of the list for Mark Buehrle's baseball's accomplishments, following Tuesday's perfect inning in relief at Busch Stadium in the American League's 4-3 victory over the National League.

  • Pence happy to watch Tejada on stage

    There's no record of Hunter Pence's All-Star Game experience in the box score of the American League's 4-3 victory on Tuesday night, but there's no question it left an indelible mark on the young Astros outfielder.

  • AL retains World Series advantage

    The American League once again secured the coveted home-field advantage for the World Series with a 4-3 All-Star Game victory at Busch Stadium.

  • Speedy Figgins dashes to St. Louis

    Angels third baseman Chone Figgins sped halfway across the country on Tuesday to get to St. Louis for the All-Star Game, having been named a late replacement for injured Evan Longoria of the Rays.

  • Crawford's All-Star catch no surprise

    Carl Crawford's Q rating might just take a considerable leap in the wake of his performance Tuesday night at Busch Stadium in the 80th edition of the Midsummer Classic.

  • McCann truly in awe of All-Star experience

    Even though he went hitless and had to endure yet another NL loss, Brian McCann felt that this All-Star experience proved to be even more enjoyable than the previous three.

  • Young misses out on All-Star sequel

    Michael Young and Trevor Hoffman got a rematch of their '06 All-Star encounter, but baseball's saves king got the better of the Rangers star this time.

  • Bailey 'living a dream' in St. Louis

    Unabashedly so, A's right-hander Andrew Bailey played the role of wide-eyed rookie this week in the company of baseball's elite. Bailey wasn't used by American League manager Joe Maddon for the AL's 4-3 win over the NL in the All-Star Game, but that hardly detracted from the reliever's experience.

  • Classic all about fun for Tribe's Martinez

    The older he gets, the more Victor Martinez appreciates the All-Star Game. Not Victor Martinez, the Indians' catcher. He's long understood what the honor of participating in the Midsummer Classic is all about.

  • Bell philosophical about All-Star loss

    Whatever anguish Heath Bell felt as he walked off the mound after giving up the go-ahead run vanished quickly, replaced by the early memories of his first All-Star Game.

  • Howard comes up short in 'crucial' spot

    Playing in the All-Star Game in his hometown with a chance to give the National League the lead, Ryan Howard struck out in in the eighth inning, and the NL fell, 4-3, extending its winless streak to 13 games.

  • All-Star experience a treat for LA trio

    Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley sat in front of his locker with a big smile plastered on his face as he looked around at his All-Star teammates after the NL's 4-3 loss on Tuesday.

  • Cordero makes most of efficient outing

    Reds closer Francisco Cordero has probably seen enough of Rays outfielder Carl Crawford in All-Star Games, on both sides of the ball.

  • All-Star Game 'special' for Haren, Upton

    The D-backs' Dan Haren pitched a scoreless inning and Justin Upton hit two balls hard but went hitless in the National League's 4-3 loss to the American League in the All-Star Game.

  • Hawpe's All-Star glory gets robbed at wall

    The Rockies' Brad Hawpe made a loud, if ultimately unrewarded, All-Star debut for the National League at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

  • Lilly shifts focus to big second half

    Now that the All-Star Game has passed, Lilly can get back to the more important thing on his mind -- helping the Cubs prevail in the tight NL Central race.

  • Selig says All-Star show was 'remarkable'

    Commissioner Bud Selig pronounced the 2009 All-Star Game experience on Tuesday as "four great, triumphant days for baseball."

  • Fielder carries Derby win into ASG

    Since 1996, when an individual winner in the Derby was declared for the first time, the Big Bopper on Monday has only once been named the Most Valuable Player of the game on Tuesday.

  • Fellow All-Stars admire Hanley's ability

    Provided the opportunity to draw some of the attention he isn't afforded while playing for the Marlins, Hanley Ramirez manned the leadoff spot for the NL and grounded out in his only three at-bats.

  • Pastime's relevance noted by Obama

    The build-up to President Barack Obama's anticipated appearance at the 80th All-Star Game was marvelous, writes Hal Bodley.

  • Lincecum enjoys night despite nerves

    Tim Lincecum's first All-Star appearance began with a two-run American League first inning that was aided by multiple defensive miscues. The Giants ace rebounded by finishing his outing with a 13-pitch, perfect second inning.

  • Obama kicks off historic night in St. Louis

    President Barack Obama said it was "as much fun as I've had in quite some time," as he kicked off the All-Star Game by throwing out the first pitch in a memorable ceremony.

  • Obama visits FOX booth, keeps it light

    President Barack Obama is used to doing interviews on national TV, but the topics usually range from the economic crisis to the war in Iraq. On Tuesday night, he got a brief respite from the normal line of questioning when he joined Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the FOX broadcast booth during the bottom of the second inning of the All-Star Game.

  • Musial part of special moment at Classic

    In this baseball-mad city, there's a pecking order. You have the current Cardinals. Further up the line, you have the Hall of Famers. And above them all is The Man -- Stan Musial.

  • Obama joins in on All-Star festivities

    President Barack Obama took center stage when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Busch Stadium. And he has accepted Fox Sports' request to join their broadcasters during the game.

  • Players take in Red Carpet spectacle

    A mass of mostly red-clad fans stood behind barricades to cheer the on their favorite baseball players at the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Parade Show presented by Chevy.

  • Selig optimistic during Town Hall Chat

    During his annual All-Star Town Hall Chat on Tuesday, Commissioner Bud Selig addressed a variety of issues, including unbalanced schedules, attendance figures and PED testing.

  • Injured finger sidelines Longoria

    An infection of his right ring finger has forced Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria out of his All-Star Game start tonight, and he will be replaced in the starting lineup by Michael Young of the Rangers.

  • Record-breaking numbers at '09 FanFest

    As Ashley Stewart stood in line to enter the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest on Sunday, she could tell something was up.

  • Selig talks with fans at Town Hall Chat

    Commissioner Bud Selig took the time to answer fans' questions at All-Star FanFest.

  • Selig: This may be 'our greatest season'

    In his annual "State of the Game" address on Tuesday, Commissioner Bud Selig suggested that baseball may be in its "greatest season," given its continued success in light of the current economic climate. He also addressed the continuing issue of performance-enhancing drug use, among other topics.

  • NL hopes fast start can break AL hex

    The AL holds a strong advantage at the end of the game with three superstar closers, which is exactly why the National League must press its advantage at the top of the lineup.

  • St. Louis seeing that wait was worth it

    No one waited longer between hosting All-Star Games than the wonderful baseball fans of St. Louis. They went 42 seasons between the last one in 1966 and the one coming Tuesday night. As one might expect, they are living and breathing it here, appreciating this for all it's worth.

  • All-Star Game a special affair for FOX

    Tuesday night's All-Star Game is a hometown affair in more ways than one, especially for the men calling the game -- Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.

  • Selig to chat on today

    In what has become a tradition during All-Star Week, Commissioner Bud Selig will address international baseball fans in a live Internet chat this afternoon, hours before the big game.

  • Pujols at center of All-Star festivities

    Sixty-six of the greatest baseball players on earth are in St. Louis for tonight's All-Star Game, but one star stands head and shoulders above the rest -- Albert Pujols.

  • Prince reigns supreme in Derby

    With the Busch Stadium crowd chanting for the hometown royalty, Albert Pujols, to claim the Home Run Derby in his own castle, it was Prince Fielder who took the crown.

  • Charity true winner of Home Run Derby

    The giant check sitting in front of Home Run Derby winner Prince Fielder in the news conference afterward read $665,000 -- about double the total of last year's contribution to the Boys & Girls Association of America.

  • Derby shutout doesn't dim Inge's spirits

    Brandon Inge of the Tigers was shut out in Monday's State Farm Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium, but he left the batter's box with a smile on his face.

  • On Cruz control, Fielder goes long way

    Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder hit a 503-foot shot in winning the Home Run Derby on Monday night, edging Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz in the final round.

  • Help pick Midsummer Classic's star

    Starting with the sixth inning of the 80th Midsummer Classic, you can cast a ballot as many times as you would like for the Ted Williams All-Star Game MVP presented by Chevrolet.

  • Mauer ousted in Derby's tiebreak round

    The Twins' Joe Mauer went deep with his first two swings of Monday's State Farm Home Run Derby and finished with a first-round total of five -- tied with Albert Pujols and Carlos Pena for fourth place -- but Mauer was unable to go deep during a swing-off, officially ending his Derby participation.

  • Cruz gives Rangers another runner-up

    Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz finished second to Prince Fielder in the finals of the 2009 Home Run Derby on Monday at Busch Stadium.

  • Prince takes crown, but it's Pujols' court

    The 2009 Home Run Derby crown went to Prince Fielder on Monday night at Busch Stadium, but for much of the evening, the center of attention was Albert Pujols.

  • Weary Gonzalez has a 'blast' at Derby

    After getting only 2 1/2 hours sleep due to travel difficulties, Padres All-Star Adrian Gonzalez mustered only two homers in the State Farm Home Run Derby.

  • Howard enjoys hometown HR Derby

    Ryan Howard, who grew up just outside St. Louis, hit 15 homers in two rounds Monday in the Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium. After hitting seven in the first round, Howard's eight homers in the semifinals were not enough to reach the finals for the second time in his three Derby appearances.

  • Pujols shows heart but bested in Derby

    The energy was pulsating for Albert Pujols at the 2009 State Farm Home Run Derby. It got him to the second round, but no further.

  • Pena enjoys thrill of being part of Derby

    Despite bowing out after a three-way swing-off following the first round of the State Farm Home Run Derby, Carlos Pena appeared to have plenty of fun.

  • MLB rolls out red carpet for All-Stars

    Albert Pujols and the World Series trophy will be just parts of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Parade presented by Chevy, which begins at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday in St. Louis.

  • Playing in Boston hasn't changed Bay

    Once a well-kept secret in Pittsburgh, Jason Bay's hitting heroics are now a regular staple of national highlight programs. This is his third All-Star Game, but first with the high profile that comes when you are a standout performer for the Boston Red Sox.

  • Fehr expects transition to be seamless

    As Donald Fehr sat next to his eventual successor, Michael Weiner, on Monday, there was no ceremonious passing of the torch. Instead, there was talk of a transition that both men expect to be seamless.

  • Pitch counts an overrated stat

    Baseball's obsession with pitch counts is one of the most disgusting statistics the sport has embraced in the past 15-20 years.

  • Cain enjoying All-Stars despite injury

    Though he won't pitch in the All-Star Game after getting hit in the elbow Saturday, Giants right-hander Matt Cain went ahead with his All-Star plans.

  • Same new attitude for Mariners' stars

    With a winning record, two All-Star players and one All-Star coach who happens to be their manager, the Mariners have hit St. Louis with a new attitude.

  • Rays prove how far they've come

    While the Rays fell short during last year's World Series, the journey that carried them there is still paying dividends that are evidenced through the fact that they'll have an overwhelming presence in the AL dugout during Tuesday's All-Star Game.

  • Wakefield soaking in All-Star experience

    Five Red Sox All-Stars took up their own corner of the room during the American League media availability on Monday afternoon, but one was easy to distinguish from the others.

  • Greinke's story rivals first-half greats

    Zack Greinke's road to the All-Star Game was marked by a huge buildup for a first-round Draft choice, which came with many a pitfall before finally paying off.

  • Twins trio getting used to Classic trips

    It's becoming an annual habit for Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan to represent the Twins at the All-Star Game, with the trio at the Midsummer Classic for the second consecutive year.

  • Halladay hot topic among Phils' All-Stars

    Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez sat at a row of tables inside a giant hotel ballroom Monday. The five Phillies All-Stars were there to talk about the All-Star Game. They just found Pedro Martinez and Roy Halladay to be hot topics, too.

  • For Jeter and Mo, a decade of Classics

    Major League Baseball makes sure to provide all players with itineraries for the All-Star Game experience, but it might as well advise them to just direct their questions to Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera.

  • Classic a privilege for comeback Tigers

    It's only fitting that a worst-to-first team like the Tigers would have a comeback story to tell at the All-Star Game, but the Tigers have three, with Justin Verlander, Brandon Inge and Edwin Jackson.

  • Young showing first-timer Cruz the ropes

    First-time All-Star Nelson Cruz has an excellent tour guide in Rangers teammate Michael Young, who is making his sixth consecutive appearance.

  • A's Bailey reveling in rapid rise as All-Star

    Andrew Bailey, a right-handed rookie for the A's, isn't exactly a household name. Soon enough, people will know all about his rapid ascension from struggling Minor League starter to All-Star Major League reliever.

  • All-Star Buehrle eager to play in hometown

    White Sox ace Mark Buehrle doesn't apologize or try to hide it. Buehrle, who grew up in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, is a Cardinals fan. He's also never pitched in St. Louis, which could happen in Tuesday's 80th All-Star Game, with family and friends in attendance.

  • Brewers bring bright stars to big event

    These are not marginal All-Stars the Brewers have sent to St. Louis. These are three genuine stars of the game, players who have earned respect and admiration. These are two of the best young hitters in baseball, and, on the other end of the career spectrum, the all-time leader in saves.

  • Midsummer Classic a respite for V-Mart

    Victor Martinez has enjoyed a bounce-back season that earned him a spot on the AL All-Star team, which has offered a him a break from the Tribe's trying season.

  • Passing on Derby is tough for Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton had to make the tough choice to pass on the Home Run Derby this year, but the memory of his 2008 performance is far from forgotten.

  • Duke, Sanchez take in All-Star spectacle

    Zach Duke called it validation, reflecting on the past and on the journey. Freddy Sanchez deemed it an honor, yet was forced to consider what the immediate future may hold.

  • LA pitchers follow Hudson's All-Star lead

    A switch-hitting second baseman, the Dodgers' Orlando Hudson is serving as something of a mentor to teammates Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton; both right-handers are All-Star rookies.

  • Jays All-Star Hill takes nothing for granted

    Aaron Hill, who joins All-Star starting pitcher Roy Halladay in St. Louis, has recovered from issues stemming from a career-threatening concussion to have the best season of his career.

  • All-Stars Among Us get taste of big time

    There they were, more than 30 role models if there ever were ones, the All-Stars Among Us -- all gathered together for the first time, all wearing jerseys to represent their teams, meeting one another and humbled just as they humbled you.

  • Molina, Franklin soaking in All-Star spotlight

    It may be Albert Pujols' week, but Ryan Franklin and Yadier Molina are getting to enjoy their moment in the sun as well. Better still, so are their families.

  • McCann's peers salute his All-Star status

    While the fans haven't yet provided Brian McCann the support he's needed to gain his first Midsummer Classic start, fellow NL players and managers have certainly noticed his All-Star prowess.

  • NL gets Freaky: Lincecum nabs starting nod

    Tim Lincecum, the wondrous San Francisco right-hander whose brief but meteoric career has refuted the notion that size matters, will be the National League's starter Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

  • Mets' All-Star trio focused on second half

    On the eve of the All-Star Game, the three Mets at the All-Star Game discussed their excitement to play in the game, and focused on what they have to do to improve in the second half.

  • Cordero to be in fine company at ASG

    Very quietly, Francisco Cordero is back at the All-Star Game after two prior appearances. At 34, he's unquestionably one of the game's veteran stoppers, even if he doesn't get the attention for it.

  • Spotlight on Pujols at Home Run Derby

    Heading into Monday night's State Farm Home Run Derby, even the seven other contestants in the field were willing to admit that Albert Pujols will be the man to watch.

  • Halladay gets AL All-Star starting nod

    Roy Halladay, the nonpareil Toronto right-hander, has been chosen to start for the American League in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

  • Zimmerman growing into leadership role

    For some reason, Ryan Zimmerman, an All-Star for the first time, is perceived as an entrenched veteran. Yet the Nationals' third baseman is all of 24 years old.

  • Long road to Classic for Padres All-Stars

    It took a three-hour layover in Las Vegas, a 2 a.m. flight to Indianapolis and a four-hour minivan ride at 6 a.m., but Padres All-Stars Heath Bell and Adrian Gonzalez finally arrived in St. Louis for the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

  • Hawpe, Marquis humbly lifting Rockies

    Rockies first-time All-Stars Brad Hawpe -- a right fielder -- and Jason Marquis -- a right-handed pitcher -- consider themselves men of action. They save the words for those who matter most: their teammates.

  • Lilly to make most of All-Star experience

    As one of two lefties on the NL All-Star pitching staff, Ted Lilly knows whatever opportunity comes his way will be out of the bullpen. Despite his unfamiliarity with the role, expect him to have the same bulldog approach to it, whenever it may come.

  • All-Star experience differs for Astros pair

    On the surface, it seems Miguel Tejada and Hunter Pence -- the Astros' two All-Stars -- could not be more dissimilar. That is, until you see them play.

  • Marlins' All-Star duo set for main stage

    Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson are two franchise-caliber players, and both have earned their dues in the eyes of the fans, players, coaches and managers.

  • Line-Up for Yesterday

    Ogden Nash wrote his original poem, "Line-Up for Yesterday" for Sport Magazine in January 1949. The names he hails as the soul of the game then remain central to baseball lore today.

  • Homage to the boys of summer

    John Dillon pays homage to the boys of summer with this ABC poem, chronicling the stories woven into the 2009 All-Star Game.

  • Manuel builds NL lineup around Pujols

    National League skipper Charlie Manuel had countless ways he could have set up the NL lineup for the All-Star Game, but he knew he needed to hit Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols third.

  • Maddon embracing All-Star closeup

    Joe Maddon was introduced as the American League manager for the 80th All-Star Game on Monday, introducing his lineup while talking about the the renewed importance of the exhibition game.

  • All-Star Game starting lineups

    Starting lineups for the American League and National League were revealed on Monday for Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

  • St. Louis stricken with baseball fever

    Despite the stormy weather, St. Louis is beaming in baseball glory, with a successful All-Star Sunday in the books and the Derby and the big game on the horizon.

  • Field set, Derby promises to thrill

    Major League home-run leader Albert Pujols has the home-field advantage in tonight's Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium, but he will face a stiff challenge from the rest of the Derby field.

  • Clouds give way to stars for softball game

    Hollywood's heavyweights took swings alongside Major League royalty in Sunday's Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

  • Lincoln a crowd pleaser at Futures Game

    The results may not have been to Brad Lincoln's liking, but there was no question that he received one of -- if not the -- loudest ovation from the fans at Busch Stadium. And no, that ovation didn't even come in the game.

  • Tosoni parlays late nod into MVP honors

    In a matter of minutes, Rene Tosoni changed the acronym after his name in Sunday's Futures Game box score from DNP to MVP.

  • Sizemore shows his stuff at Futures Game

    One Tigers infielder from Virginia Commonwealth University is in the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Another just played in the XM All-Star Futures Game. What are the odds?

  • Abundant talent on display in St. Louis

    The Futures Game at Busch Stadium provided a suitable showcase for baseball's best young stars. The depth of talent was impressive; the breadth of talent was impressive.

  • World reigns victorious after final-frame rally

    The World team scored four runs in the seventh to beat USA in the XM All-Star Futures Game, 7-5. Twins prospect Rene Tosoni, who knocked in the go-ahead run, was named MVP.

  • Feliz makes Rangers happy at Futures Game

    Rangers pitching prospect Neftali Feliz was officially slated to come out of the bullpen for the World team at the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, but after a four-plus-hour rain delay, he ended up being the first pitcher to take the mound, and he dazzled in his one inning of work.

  • Busy Weglarz growing into his frame

    On Sunday, as a participant in the XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium, outfielder Nick Weglarz represented his organization -- the Indians -- and his own potential, not just his country. And he only had to come to St. Louis to do so.

  • Heyward gets taste of higher competition

    Top Braves prospect Jason Heyward is rapidly improving in the Minor Leagues and is on the fast track to earn a callup in the near future. Heyward singled in the All-Star Futures Game.

  • Kelly molding his future as we speak

    Though Casey Kelly had the honor of representing the Red Sox at the XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, the truth is that his future is still filled with the intriguing unknown.

  • Pedroia bows out of All-Star Game

    Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, citing a need to stay home to attend to a family health matter, has decided not to participate in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

  • Injury scare gives Parker perspective

    Jarrod Parker thought a June 13 comebacker injured his pitching arm, but the D-backs righty prospect was OK and has flourished this season.

  • Nelly talks to kids from Jr. RBI program

    One by one, 240 young baseball fans piled into an interview room in Busch Stadium, and one by one their heads turned as they saw the star standing on the podium.

  • Drabek shows potential in Futures Game

    On Sunday, Kyle Drabeck found himself at Busch Stadium for the XM All-Star Futures Game to play against some of the best prospects in the game. He threw a perfect second inning, getting a ground out, strike out and fly out.

  • St. Louis' baseball legacy unmatched

    Ozzie Smith has not played baseball for the Cardinals since 1996, but when he walked onto the lush green grass at Busch Stadium on Sunday, it was almost as if he'd never left.

  • Fans check in during All-Star Sunday delay

    The concourses at Busch Stadium during All-Star Sunday's four-hour rain delay featured a variety of baseball loyalties and perspective on the current season.

  • Montero working hard to catch on

    Jesus Montero is ready to seize his chance to land a big league catching job.

  • First All-Star Fun Run a success

    A field of 8,000 runners participated in the first All-Star Charity 5K and Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike.

  • Pujols to catch Obama's All-Star pitch

    St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols, the face of the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, will catch the first pitch thrown by the face of the nation, President Barack Obama, before Tuesday's contest.

  • Duke replaces Cain on NL All-Star roster

    Pirates starter Zach Duke, 26, has been named a National League All-Star, replacing Giants starter Matt Cain, who was struck near his right elbow by a line drive on Saturday and won't be able to play.

  • Hoffman subs for Broxton on NL team

    Trevor Hoffman, who represented the Padres at six Midsummer Classics, will make his Brewers All-Star debut Tuesday after being added to the NL squad as an injury replacement Sunday.

  • History is on display at FanFest

    Among the many attractions at the All-Star FanFest, few can match the popularity of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's displays, which offer an up-close look at the game's history.

  • Pena headed to All-Star Game, Derby

    Carlos Pena is going to the All-Star Game after all and will also join the American League's contingent in today's State Farm Home Run Derby.

  • Crow rocks St. Louis for cancer awareness

    On a midsummer night under a grand and glowing Arch, Sheryl Crow came out with Elvis Costello for an unexpected second encore and a trembling sea of baseball fans went wild.

  • Broxton to miss All-Star Game

    Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton will miss the All-Star Game with discomfort in his right big toe, he said Saturday. He will also not pitch in the team's final game before the All-Star break.

  • Prospects collide as U.S. meets World

    When the festivities surrounding Tuesday's All-Star Game kick off in earnest this afternoon with Taco Bell All-Star Sunday at Busch Stadium, will have all the action covered, starting at 1 CT with the XM All-Star Futures Game -- featuring an international collection of uber-prospects such as the Cardinals' Brett Wallace -- and continuing with the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

  • St. Louis prepared for All-Star showcase

    Busch Stadium has been closed for business for more than a week, as Major League Baseball and the Cardinals furiously prepared the facility for All-Star week festivities. On Sunday, everyone finally gets to see the results of all that work.

  • Cardinals see bright future in Wallace

    Just a year into his professional career, Brett Wallace isn't far from calling St. Louis his full-time home. Until then, the Cardinals' 2008 first-round Draft pick is hoping his visit here now for the XM Radio All-Star Futures Game to be a bit of a test run.

  • Cruz adds Derby to All-Star nod

    On the same day he was named to play in Tuesday's All-Star Game, Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz accepted in invitation to take part in Monday's Home Run Derby.

  • Howard bringing former coach to Derby

    Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is bringing a familiar face to his third Home Run Derby. Deron Spink, Howard's high school summer baseball coach, will be his pitcher in St. Louis.

  • Mascot Home Run Derby adds to fun

    Ten-year-old Percy Brown thought he had lost. Bernie the Brewer's shot appeared to be headed over the fence for a game-winning home run in Saturday's installment of the Mascot Home Run Derby at All-Star FanFest, but the ball hit a light fixture and remained in play

  • Weaver notes changes in All-Star atmosphere

    When Earl Weaver helped the Baltimore Orioles win the World Series in 1970 in just his second full season at the helm, he earned a spot as skipper of the American League All-Star team the following year.

  • Sportsman Park now home to youth field

    Sportsman Park in St. Louis was the home to Major League Baseball All-Star games in 1940, 1948 and 1957 but goes unknown to many of the town's youth. That may soon change, as land near where the legendary stadium once stood has been turned into a new youth ballpark.

  • Futures Game reunites top O's prospects

    Orioles' pitching prospects Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman are set to play for the U.S. Team in the 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis on All-Star Sunday.

  • Escobar, Lawrie excited for Futures Game

    Brewers' infield prospects Alcides Escobar and Brett Lawrie are set to play for World Team in the 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis on All-Star Sunday.

  • Several making case to start Classic

    Who will start for the NL in the All-Star Game in St. Louis on Tuesday? It appears to be a two-horse race between Dan Haren and Tim Lincecum, with Zack Greinke the favorite for the AL.

  • All-Star concert a homecoming for Crow

    Missouri native Sheryl Crow performs a free concert under St. Louis' Gateway Arch tonight as part of All-Star festivities. The show is streamed live on

  • Star turn: Cruz added to AL team

    Major League Baseball announced Friday that Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has been added to the AL All-Star squad as an injury replacement for the Angels' Torii Hunter.

  • Mauer accepts invitation to Derby

    Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who has already established a career high in home runs this year, has agreed to participate in Monday's State Farm Home Run Derby.

  • Werth added to NL All-Star roster

    Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth has been added to the National League All-Star team as a replacement for the Mets' Carlos Beltran.

  • Inge to participate in Home Run Derby

    Brandon Inge is not only going to be in the All-Star game, but he confirmed Friday afternoon that he will also be a part of Monday night's Home Run Derby in St. Louis.

  • Luminaries on board for All-Star 5K

    Shawn Johnson, whose gold-medal performance on the balance beam at the 2008 Summer Olympics earned the gymnast the Sullivan Award as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete, has been named host of the inaugural All-Star Charity 5K & Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike.

  • Picture-perfect experience at FanFest

    In a side hallway away from the games, contests and buzz of the main room of the Major League Baseball FanFest at America's Center on Friday, artist Malcolm Farley puts the finishing touches on his portrait of Roberto Clemente.

  • Young Jr. ready for Futures Game

    Rockies second base prospect Eric Young Jr. will take center stage as a member of the U.S. Team in Sunday's XM All-Star Futures Game.

  • Gillies ready to show skills at Futures Game

    Canadian center field prospect Tyson Gillies will take center stage as a member of the World Team in Sunday's XM All-Star Futures Game.

  • Futures shine brightest on

    The 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game takes place Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium, and is your one-stop shop for all things Futures this weekend.

  • Many All-Star memories are vivid

    Little did I know that day in 1958 that in 2009 I'd be doing the same thing I did then and enjoying it just as much. I've been lucky. So many of the All-Star Games are a blur -- blame it on age, but many stand out.

  • Star power in store for All-Star Sunday

    With the double-dip of the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, All-Star Sunday will be a day to remember. And don't let the word "Futures" fool you into thinking that the game's participants are a long ways away. Last year's game at Yankee Stadium featured such names as current Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval and Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler, both of whom found themselves in the big leagues to stay just a few weeks later.

  • Start of FanFest kicks off All-Star week

    Baseball fans can hit, pitch, throw and even field against some of the their favorite players at some of the exhibits at the Major League Baseball FanFest, which opens at 9 a.m. CT on Friday morning at America's Center in St. Louis to kick off the All-Star Summer.

  • Home Run Derby likely for All-Star Inge

    Now that Brandon Inge is headed to St. Louis for the All-Star Game, winning what some saw as a long shot over Ian Kinsler and others, he's ready to literally swing for the fences in the Home Run Derby.

  • Inge triumphs to snag Final Vote spot

    Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge won a close All-Star Final Vote over Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler to capture the final spot on the American League roster for next Tuesday's Midsummer Classic.

  • 'Bran-Torino' takes a ride to All-Star Game

    Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge and Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino are your choices in the dramatic 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote.

  • Victorino victorious in Final Vote

    Shane Victorino is headed to St. Louis after winning the National League's All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at for the final roster spot on the NL All-Star team on Thursday afternoon.

  • Busch Stadium security policy changes for All-Star events

    Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals want to make fans aware of some important Security policies and procedures that will be modified to accommodate the special security needs during the various All-Star Events.

  • Youth accents Tigers' All-Star selectees

    The Tigers are back to having a pack at the All-Star Game. This time, it'll be the young core of the team.

  • Figgins' Final Vote campaign in full swing

    Chone Figgins' family and teammates are rallying Final Vote support in an effort to send the Angels third baseman to the All-Star Game.

  • Pena needs late push in Final Vote

    Carlos Pena is one of five American League finalists for this year's All-Star Sprint Final Vote, and he is hoping to earn enough votes to grab the last spot on the team's roster and head to St. Louis.

  • 'Bran Torino' leads Final Vote down stretch

    After nearly four days of furious voting and lead changes, we're down to the final two hours of the record-setting 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote.

  • 'Hits for Hunger' will benefit charity

    When some of the game's top sluggers step to the plate at this year's All-Star Game, they'll not only be looking to capture home-field advantage in the upcoming World Series, they'll be trying to fight hunger.

  • St. Louis set to host first Jr. RBI Classic

    Teams from 16 pilot cities of the RBI program will compete in the first RBI Classic this weekend during the All-Star festivities in St. Louis.

  • St. Louis prepped to host All-Star Game

    For many in St. Louis, fans and players alike, next week's All-Star festivities will feel like they come and go in a flash.

  • Mariners' Liddi ready for Futures Game

    Third base prospect Alex Liddi, who is attempting to become the first Italian-born player to reach the Majors in over 40 years, will be on the World team at the 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game.

  • Weeks' progress fast since return

    With his selection to the XM All-Star Futures Game, Jemile Weeks and brother Rickie became the fourth pair of siblings to each appear in the All-Star weekend tradition.

  • Halladay hoping to impress AL skipper

    Roy Halladay's start against the Rays on Wednesday has some underlying drama. Halladay will be pitching in front of Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon -- the skipper for the American League in the upcoming All-Star Game.

  • First-timers can't take ASG for granted

    For some of the 23 first-time All-Stars heading to St. Louis for this year's game this will be the only chance they get, and good or bad, the memories they make will live with them forever.

  • NL skipper Manuel has dilemma at first

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel finds himself in an interesting position for next week's All-Star Game in St. Louis with four first basemen on his roster.

  • All-Star centerpiece joins Derby field

    Major League Baseball and Albert Pujols made it official on Monday: Pujols will participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium on July 13.

  • Maddon ready to manage AL All-Stars

    Rays manager Joe Maddon is the American League's manager for the 2009 All-Star Game, and Wednesday he addressed a variety of subjects relating to this year's Midsummer Classic on a conference call.

  • Final Vote races tighten during final day

    With one day to go in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote, Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge has taken the AL lead and Pablo Sandoval remained the NL leader.

  • Future bright for top prospect Flowers

    As a key piece in the Javier Vazquez trade, catcher Tyler Flowers came to the White Sox as a top power prospect, but he's worked to improve behind the plate.

  • MLB set to 'Stand up to Cancer'

    Major League Baseball and MasterCard Worldwide have teamed up to "Stand Up To Cancer" during the 2009 State Farm All-Star Home Run Derby and the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

  • Phils' Flande set to play in Futures Game

    For the past year, Phillies southpaw Yohan Flande has been flying under the radar. His selection to the World Team for the upcoming XM All-Star Futures Game to be played in St. Louis on Sunday may put an end to that status, however.

  • Get the Vote out: Reynolds needs help

    In voting results released Tuesday, Mark Reynolds narrowly trails Pablo Sandoval (Giants) and Shane Victorino (Phillies) in the Final Vote. Matt Kemp (Dodgers) and Cristian Guzman (Nationals) are also in the running.

  • Morneau will not participate in Derby

    Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau, winner of last year's Home Run Derby, has declined an invitation to defend his title this year, meaning a new home run king will be crowned Monday in St. Louis.

  • Fielder set to put on show at Derby

    Prince Fielder will swing for the fences at next week's State Farm All-Star Home Run Derby.

  • Selig lays out All-Star Game vision

    Bud Selig trumpeted MLB's commitment to making the All-Star Game a celebration of community service and charitable endeavors, as well as his excitement for the game itself.

  • Hamels, wife to host fundraiser Monday

    Cole Hamels won't be playing in the All-Star Game next week at Busch Stadium, but he will be in St. Louis. The Hamels Foundation is hosting Batter Up, a celebrity poker invitational at The Flamingo Bowl in St. Louis on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

  • Dodgers' Kemp seeks Final Vote boost

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said his family is doing all it can to boost his candidacy in voting for the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote.

  • Inge in close battle for All-Star Final Vote

    Brandon Inge's run for the final spot on the American League All-Star roster is becoming a nip-and-tuck battle in the All-Star Final Vote.

  • Victorino locked in tight Final Vote race

    Philadelphia's Shane Victorino is optimistic that the Philly faithful will rally and send him to St. Louis for the 2009 All-Star Game. Victorino currently trails San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval.

  • Jays' message to fans: 'Lind Your Vote'

    Blue Jays' players and coaches are wearing black shirts with white lettering that reads "Lind Your Vote", promoting Adam Lind's candidacy for the American League Sprint Final Vote.

  • Kinsler maintains early AL Final Vote lead

    Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who continues to lead four other AL candidates in the Sprint Final Vote balloting, could become just the second leadoff man in history to drive in 100 runs in a season.

  • Kinsler, Sandoval hold their Final Vote leads

    The 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote powered through the halfway point Tuesday with the balloting intense, the campaigning fresh and creative, and Pablo Sandoval and Ian Kinsler holding on to very tight leads.

  • Presidents to honor 'All-Stars Among Us'

    All five living U.S. Presidents will appear in a video salute to the volunteers who comprise the "All-Stars Among Us" in an unprecedented collaboration prior to next Tuesday's All-Star Game in St. Louis.

  • Dodgers launch Kemp Final Vote campaign

    Until the 2009 All-Star Game Final Vote ends Thursday, the Dodgers will work as hard off the field to sweep Matt Kemp into the Classic as they will on the field to sweep the Mets.

  • Kang looking toward promising future

    Rays prospect Kyeong Kang came to the U.S. from Korea when he was 14 years old, looking for a better life. He may achieve that success as a professional baseball player, as he will participate in the XM Radio All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.

  • Alvarez excited to play in Futures Game

    Nothing Pedro Alvarez does happens quietly. It was a big deal when the Pirates drafted him a year ago; it became even bigger news when they eventually signed him.

  • St. Louis is perfect host for All-Star Game

    For more than a century, St. Louis has hosted baseball -- for much of that time, it was even the hometown of two clubs. And the city's relationship with the game and with its team remains unique to this day.

  • St. Louis ideal backdrop for starry night

    While old Busch Stadium and its arches have since been torn down and replaced with the park that will host the All-Star Game on July 14, the history of the city of St. Louis and its place in not only baseball history but world history remains strong.

  • St. Louis native Howard heads to Derby

    Ryan Howard, who grew up outside St. Louis and attended Missouri State University, is one of four National League first basemen in the Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium.

  • Gonzalez elects to make Derby debut

    The Padres' Adrian Gonzalez will join Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, Ryan Howard of the Phillies and Prince Fielder of the Brewers in the State Farm Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium on July 13, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

  • Figgins ready to flip for Final Vote support

    Chone Figgins, needing to make up some ground in the Final Vote, has come up with a catchy campaign slogan: Flip for Chone, and I'll flip for you.

  • Giants launch 'all-out' Final Vote push

    The Giants' efforts to push infielder Pablo Sandoval as a National League "Final Vote" candidate not only bridge the gap between fans and players but also extends across the country and even international borders.

  • Reynolds in need of Final Vote support

    In voting results announced Monday, just one day after the voting began, Pablo Sandoval had a narrow lead over Mark Reynolds and the rest of the National League's Final Vote field.

  • NL first basemen to take part in Derby

    Four National League first basemen -- the Brewers' Prince Fielder, the Padres' Adrian Gonzalez, the Phillies' Ryan Howard and the Cardinals' Albert Pujols -- all are scheduled to participate in the Home Run Derby.

  • Tigers supporting Inge's Final Vote bid

    To help try to put Brandon Inge over the top, the Tigers are planning a major push for votes at Comerica Park during their three-game series against the Royals on Monday through Wednesday.

  • Kinsler, Sandoval early Final Vote leaders

    Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler and Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval are the early leaders in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote, which is under way through 4 p.m. ET on Thursday exclusively at

  • Pujols an early favorite for HR Derby

    With the American and National League rosters set for the All-Star Game, we can begin speculating on who will be the ones blasting the balls out of Busch Stadium in the State Farm Home Run Derby on Monday night, All-Star Eve.

  • Give Guzman your ASG Final Vote

    Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman has a chance to make his third All-Star appearance, as he was named one of the finalists in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote on Sunday.

  • Fans, players in sync with All-Star choices

    Taking a look at the pitchers and reserves set to represent the American and National Leagues in the 80th All-Star Game, , one thing is abundantly clear: Baseball fans are smart, and they keep getting smarter.

  • Padres' Bell earns first All-Star Game trip

    Padres closer Heath Bell and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez were named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday, each selected by voting among players, managers and coaches.

  • Pujols, Jeter lead star-studded rosters

    Hometown hero Albert Pujols leads the parade of stars as the overall leading vote-getter, but he was just one star in a universe of them when the All-Star teams were announced Sunday.

  • Players' role larger in picking NL All-Stars

    With the National League All-Star Game starters in the books, the players and managers followed suit by choosing many fan favorites according to the rules for bench slots.

  • A's Bailey surfaces as an All-Star

    A little more than a year ago, A's right-hander Andrew Bailey wasn't just under the organizational radar. He was off the radar. A week from Tuesday, he'll be on baseball's national stage.

  • Fresh faces dot All-Star landscape

    More than the new regulars, the youthful air about this year's gathering of All-Stars comes from the fact they're joined by a number of first-timers who bring a definite 20-something feel to the 80th Midsummer Classic.

  • Longoria leads four Rays All-Stars

    In addition to starter Evan Longoria, the Rays have three other All-Stars: Ben Zobrist was a manager's selection, while Jason Bartlett and Carl Crawford were players' picks.

  • Hunter, Fuentes deservedly honored

    Center fielder Torii Hunter and closer Brian Fuentes were named to the AL All-Star team on Sunday, and they will represent the Angels on July 14 in St. Louis.

  • Red Sox six-pack leads AL squad

    An American League squad looking to continue it's unbeaten streak to 14 consecutive All-Star Games will feature six Boston Red Sox, including two starters.

  • Morneau, Mauer mulling Derby

    Justin Morneau said Sunday he's leaning toward sitting out this year's Home Run Derby, while teammate Joe Mauer said it'd be hard for him to turn it down.

  • Rays fans can cast Final Vote for Pena

    Last year, Rays fans' Final Vote sent Evan Longoria to the All-Star Game. It's time to do it again: Cast a Final Vote to help first baseman Carlos Pena secure the final AL roster spot.

  • Inge seeks Final Vote for first All-Star nod

    Brandon Inge's resurgence has played a major role in putting the Tigers in first place in the AL Central. Now, fans have a chance to return the favor by putting him in the All-Star Game.

  • Hawpe, Marquis humbled by All-Star nods

    Right fielder Brad Hawpe and right-hander Jason Marquis were named to the National League All-Star squad on Sunday.

  • Fans face tough choice with Final Vote

    The 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote is under way until 4 p.m. ET Thursday exclusively at, and this eighth annual happening forces you to choose from a tough field.

  • Halladay, Hill headed to All-Star Game

    On Sunday, Aaron Hill's difficult comeback was rewarded with a spot on the AL All-Star team, joining ace Roy Halladay as the Jays' two representatives for the Midsummer Classic on July 14.

  • Familiar Twins trio back at All-Star Game

    Joining AL starting catcher Joe Mauer at the Midsummer Classic are Twins teammates Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan.

  • Greinke is Royals' lone All-Star

    Almost certainly, Zack Greinke had his selection to the American League All-Star team wrapped up two months ago. By May 4, the Royals' right-hander already had a 6-0 record, a 0.40 ERA and was the buzz of baseball.

  • Newly crowned All-Stars flash lumber

    On the Fourth of July weekend, many selected All-Stars celebrated with a bang, showing why they deserved to be heading to St. Louis for the Midsummer Classic.

  • Teixeira won't be in Home Run Derby

    Mark Teixeira's 20 home runs in a Yankees uniform may have him tied for second in the AL, but the switch-hitting slugger won't be bringing his stroke to the State Farm Home Run Derby.

  • Jeter, Tex, Mo headed to All-Star Game

    Derek Jeter received the most votes in the AL and first baseman Mark Teixeira edged Red Sox counterpart Kevin Youkilis to represent the Junior Circuit at the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis.

  • Lilly chosen for NL All-Star staff

    Ted Lilly has earned his second All-Star Game selection, added as one of two lefties on the Senior Circuit's staff for the 80th Midsummer Classic in St. Louis on July 14.

  • Haren, Upton tabbed for All-Star Game

    Justin Upton and Dan Haren were rewarded on Sunday for their strong first halves with spots on the National League All-Star team.

  • Red Sox sending six to St. Louis

    The Red Sox, owners of the American League's best record, are the deserving leaders, with six selections to the AL All-Star team.

  • With All-Star selections come the snubs

    Every summer, the subtitles to the announcement of the American and National League All-Star teams are the All-Snub squads.

  • Braun, Fielder receive All-Star nods

    Two Brewers sluggers will be at the 80th Midsummer Classic on July 14 in St. Louis. Ryan Braun has been voted in as a starting outfielder for the NL, with Prince Fielder a reserve.

  • Ramirez to start at short for NL All-Stars

    Hanley Ramirez has become the first player in Marlins history to be voted into the starting lineup of the All-Star Game twice by the fans.

  • Lind a Final Vote candidate

    On Sunday, Jays DH Adam Lind made the list of five American League players eligible for the final spot on the league's roster through the Final Vote.

  • Victorino among Final Vote candidates

    The Phillies might have more than Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard at the All-Star Game. Shane Victorino is one of five Final Vote candidates for the final spot on the National League All-Star team.

  • Ibanez, Utley earn All-Star starting nods

    The All-Star Game has become a summer tradition for Chase Utley. Raul Ibanez hopes this is the start of one. Both Phillies are headed to the All-Star Game on July 14 in St. Louis as starters. Ryan Howard joins the team as a reserve.

  • McCann earns fourth straight ASG trip

    Catcher Brian McCann was named to his fourth consecutive National League All-Star team on Sunday, becoming the first Braves player since Greg Maddux to do so.

  • Another year, another All-Star nod for Ichiro

    Ichiro Suzuki will be spending the All-Star break this year exactly the same way as the previous eight seasons -- playing in the Midsummer Classic.

  • Pujols leads Majors in All-Star votes

    Baseball fans made their voices heard, and they made it abundantly clear: this season and this All-Star Game belong to Albert Pujols.

  • Wright, Beltran among Mets' four All-Stars

    David Wright, the only member of the Mets' celebrated and decimated core to avoid assignment to the disabled list this season, almost certainly will be the only position player representing the Mets in the All-Star Game next week.

  • Lincecum, Cain named Giants All-Stars

    Giants right-handers Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain were named to the National League's pitching staff for the July 14 All-Star Game.

  • Hamilton, Young named to All-Star team

    Josh Hamilton was voted in by the fans to start the All-Star Game, and teammate Michael Young is headed to St. Louis as a reserve, elected by the players in his first year at third base.

  • Buehrle still awed to be All-Star

    Mark Buehrle has thrown a no-hitter, won two postseason contests and even saved a game in the World Series. But the 30-year-old hurler still finds it hard to believe when the words "All-Star" precede his name.

  • Zimmerman named to NL All-Star team

    Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, considered by many to be the best player on the Nationals, was named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday afternoon.

  • Cordero named to third All-Star Game

    Reds closer Francisco Cordero has 20 saves in 21 chances this season, and on Sunday was rewarded with a selection to the National League All-Star roster.

  • Kinsler's All-Star status up to Final Vote

    Second baseman Ian Kinsler is one of five candidates to make the American League All-Star team by way of the Sprint Final Vote competition.

  • Trio of Cards heading to All-Star Game

    All-Star starters Albert Pujols (first base), the overall top vote-getter, and Yadier Molina (catcher) will be joined by Cards closer Ryan Franklin in St. Louis.

  • Sandoval has All-Star shot with Final Vote

    Pablo Sandoval, who possesses the "Kung Fu Panda" nickname along with a slew of impressive statistics, was chosen as one of five "Final Vote" candidates for the National League All-Star squad that will face its AL counterparts on July 14 in St. Louis.

  • Martinez making return Classic trip

    Victor Martinez was a force in the Indians' lineup in the first half after his return from 2008's injury woes. As a result, he's making another return -- to the Midsummer Classic.

  • Reynolds gets Final Vote nomination

    Mark Reynolds is up for the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote. Fans have until 1 p.m. MST Thursday to punch his ticket to St. Louis.

  • Sanchez named as NL All-Star reserve

    After a one-year hiatus, second baseman Freddy Sanchez is headed back to the Midsummer Classic. Sanchez was chosen as a reserve for the 33-player team.

  • Jones' hard work pays off

    Outfielder Adam Jones was named an American League All-Star reserve on Sunday, at 23 becoming the youngest Orioles representative since pitcher Mike Mussina in 1992.

  • Pence joins Tejada as Astros All-Stars

    The Astros' Miguel Tejada and Hunter Pence were selected Sunday to represent the National League as reserves at the July 14 All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

  • Dodgers sending three to All-Star Game

    The Dodgers, with the best record in baseball, were appropriately represented Sunday when pitchers Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton and second baseman Orlando Hudson were named to the National League All-Star team.

  • LA fans can cast Final Vote for Kemp

    Outfielder Matt Kemp has given Dodgers fans plenty this year, and now they can give something back by voting for him as a finalist in the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote for the July 14 All-Star Game.

  • A-Rod, Manny notable by absence

    The selection of the 2009 All-Stars is notable as much for who wasn't chosen -- namely Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez -- as who was tabbed for the Midsummer Classic.

  • NL All-Star starters aim to end AL's streak

    While the NL starting lineup announced Sunday on the MLB All-Star Selection Show presented by Pepsi introduces a healthy infusion of new blood with two first-time starters, it also includes six incumbents who have felt the scorn of the American League's ongoing midseason domination.

  • Online voting eclipses previous mark

    Online fan balloting for the 16 elected starting position players in the 2009 All-Star Game came to a record-setting end on Thursday night.

  • DeMuth to head All-Star umpiring crew

    Major League Baseball announced the official scorers and umpiring crews for the 80th All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14.

  • Online balloting to decide '09 All-Stars

    We, the people, are deciding who goes to the 80th All-Star Game July 14 in St. Louis. We know there's less than a week decide starters. Our deadline as empowered fans is 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

  • Crow to perform free All-Star concert

    Nine-time Grammy winner and Missouri native Sheryl Crow will perform a free concert under the famed Gateway Arch in St. Louis on Saturday, July 11, as part of the 2009 All-Star Game festivities.

  • Two familiar faces could be missing

    There's a strong possibility that Manny Ramirez won't make the National League All-Star team and Alex Rodriguez won't be playing for the American League team, ending long Midsummer Classic streaks for both.