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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reds closer Francisco Cordero has probably seen enough of Rays outfielder Carl Crawford in All-Star Games, on both sides of the ball.
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.
The Rockies' Brad Hawpe made a loud, if ultimately unrewarded, All-Star debut for the National League at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.
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.
Commissioner Bud Selig pronounced the 2009 All-Star Game experience on Tuesday as "four great, triumphant days for baseball."
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.
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.
The build-up to President Barack Obama's anticipated appearance at the 80th All-Star Game was marvelous, writes Hal Bodley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Ashley Stewart stood in line to enter the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest on Sunday, she could tell something was up.
Commissioner Bud Selig took the time to answer fans' questions at All-Star FanFest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz finished second to Prince Fielder in the finals of the 2009 Home Run Derby on Monday at Busch Stadium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baseball's obsession with pitch counts is one of the most disgusting statistics the sport has embraced in the past 15-20 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First-time All-Star Nelson Cruz has an excellent tour guide in Rangers teammate Michael Young, who is making his sixth consecutive appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roy Halladay, the nonpareil Toronto right-hander, has been chosen to start for the American League in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Dillon pays homage to the boys of summer with this ABC poem, chronicling the stories woven into the 2009 All-Star Game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hollywood's heavyweights took swings alongside Major League royalty in Sunday's Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball 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.
In a matter of minutes, Rene Tosoni changed the acronym after his name in Sunday's Futures Game box score from DNP to MVP.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jarrod Parker thought a June 13 comebacker injured his pitching arm, but the D-backs righty prospect was OK and has flourished this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jesus Montero is ready to seize his chance to land a big league catching job.
A field of 8,000 runners participated in the first All-Star Charity 5K and Fun Run presented by Sports Authority and Nike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the festivities surrounding Tuesday's All-Star Game kick off in earnest this afternoon with Taco Bell All-Star Sunday at Busch Stadium, MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com.
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.
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.
Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth has been added to the National League All-Star team as a replacement for the Mets' Carlos Beltran.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game takes place Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium, and MLB.com is your one-stop shop for all things Futures this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge and Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino are your choices in the dramatic 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote.
Shane Victorino is headed to St. Louis after winning the National League's All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com for the final roster spot on the NL All-Star team on Thursday afternoon.
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.
The Tigers are back to having a pack at the All-Star Game. This time, it'll be the young core of the team.
Chone Figgins' family and teammates are rallying Final Vote support in an effort to send the Angels third baseman to the All-Star Game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prince Fielder will swing for the fences at next week's State Farm All-Star Home Run Derby.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Right fielder Brad Hawpe and right-hander Jason Marquis were named to the National League All-Star squad on Sunday.
The 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote is under way until 4 p.m. ET Thursday exclusively at MLB.com, and this eighth annual happening forces you to choose from a tough field.
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.
Joining AL starting catcher Joe Mauer at the Midsummer Classic are Twins teammates Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin Upton and Dan Haren were rewarded on Sunday for their strong first halves with spots on the National League All-Star team.
The Red Sox, owners of the American League's best record, are the deserving leaders, with six selections to the AL All-Star team.
Every summer, the subtitles to the announcement of the American and National League All-Star teams are the All-Snub squads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baseball fans made their voices heard, and they made it abundantly clear: this season and this All-Star Game belong to Albert Pujols.
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.
Giants right-handers Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain were named to the National League's pitching staff for the July 14 All-Star Game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 fan balloting for the 16 elected starting position players in the 2009 All-Star Game came to a record-setting end on Thursday night.
Major League Baseball announced the official scorers and umpiring crews for the 80th All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14.
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.
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.
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.
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