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AL Extend Unbeaten Streak To 12
In an All-Star game that started Tuesday night and faded well into Wednesday, Justin Morneau slid home just in time on Michael Young?s sacrifice fly in the 15th inning, giving the American League a 4-3 victory that extended its unbeaten streak to 12. Young ended a 4-hour, 40-minute marathon at 1:37 a.m., with Yankee Stadium half-empty. It was a good thing since neither team had any pitchers left in the bullpen. The Red Sox' J.D. Drew was named the game's MVP.
Lincecum Hospitalized With Flu-Like Symptoms
Tim Lincecum was hospitalized Tuesday with flu-like symptoms, and it appeared the Giants' pitcher was likely to miss his first All-Star game, as reported by the Associated Press. Lincecum was taken from his hotel to a Manhattan hospital after feeling ill early in the day, said Katy Feeney, senior vice president in the commissioner?s office. Lincecum was not at his locker between National League starter Ben Sheets and Edinson Volquez about 2 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch. His jersey and a Giants' hat hung untouched on a hook on the wall as the NL team headed to the field for batting practice.
Hamilton Steals Show, But Morneau Wins HR Derby
The huge Yankee Stadium crowd adopted Josh Hamilton on Monday night. The Texas Rangers' slugger put on a legendary show, hitting a record 28 homers in the first round before getting beaten out by the Twins' Justin Morneau in the finals of the Home Run Derby on Monday night, as reported by the Associated Press.
Tito Considered Naming Rivera Starter
American League manager Terry Francona said on Monday during a press conference announcing the lineups and starting pitchers for Tuesday night?s All-Star Game, that the thought of starting Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the historic game did cross his mind. ?It [the idea] was presented to me through the media. We talked all week about treating the game with respect,? Francona said. ?He [Rivera] is one of greatest relievers in the history of the game, but he is not a starter.? It remains to be seen who Francona would use in a save situation on Tuesday night with Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon, Joe Nathan, Francisco Rodriguez, George Sherrill and Joakim Soria all on the roster.
Hurdle Names Sheets Starter
National League manager Clint Hurdle announced his lineup for the 2008 MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on Monday morning. Pitcher Ben Sheets, of the Milwaukee Brewers, will start for the NL. The batting order, consisting of the nine players voted in by the fans, will be as follows: 1. Hanley Ramirez, Florida ? SS 2. Chase Utley, Philadelphia ? 2B 3. Lance Berkman, Houston ? 1B 4. Albert Pujols, St. Louis ? DH 5. Chipper Jones, Atlanta ? 3B 6. Matt Holliday, Colorado ? RF 7. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee ? LF 8. Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago ? CF 9. Geovany Soto, Chicago ? C Hurdle, addressing the media beside Sheets, insists that the NL will try to end their recent All-Star Game slide. ?We are not going to play for a tie,? he said referring to the 2002 All-Star Game held in Milwaukee (ended in a 7-7 tie). ?We all want to win the championship ring, and this game gives you a better chance to win,? he added. Sheets expressed his gratitude towards Hurdle for naming him the starter in what could go down in history as the most-memorable All-Star Game in history. ?I?ve never been to Yankee Stadium, so I?m just going to try to take it all in,? Sheets admitted.
Francona Names Lee Starter, Announces AL Lineup
American League manager Terry Francona announced his lineup for the 2008 MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on Monday morning. Pitcher Cliff Lee, of the Cleveland Indians, will start for the AL. The batting order, consisting of the nine players voted in by the fans, will be as follows: 1. Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle ? RF 2. Derek Jeter, New York ? SS 3. Josh Hamilton, Texas ? CF 4. Alex Rodriguez, New York ? 3B 5. Manny Ramirez, Boston ? LF 6. Milton Bradley, Texas ? DH 7. Kevin Youkilis, Boston ? 1B 8. Joe Mauer, Minnesota ? C 9. Dustin Pedroia, Boston- 2B ?I?m going to try to throw strikes, and with the lineup we have we should be able to score some runs,? Lee said of starting for the AL. ?It?s an honor just to be here, but to start the game is just icing on the cake.?
Rays Don't Want Kazmir To Pitch In ASG
The Rays would prefer that pitcher Scott Kazmir remains on the bench during Tuesday night's All-Star Game because of an arm injury earlier this season, according to The Tampa Tribune. Kazmir started on Sunday, so warming up and getting ready to throw in the All-Star Game would put unwarranted strain on his throwing arm. "Obviously on our part we're a little sensitive with him coming back from the arm injury, but we'll see how he feels today," Vice President Andrew Friedman said. "He threw 104 pitches Sunday, so I'm not incredibly optimistic myself that he'll pitch Tuesday, but we'll wait and see today and make it a collaborative decision and not just ours." Manager Joe Madden admitted that he has already spoken to American League Manager Terry Francona about leaving Kazmir out of his plans. "I would love to pitch in the All-Star Game, I really would, but I understand where he's coming from," Kazmir said. "We're looking at the season, not just one game."
Giambi Declines Invitation To HR Derby
Yankees' first baseman Jason Giambi will not take part in Monday night's home run derby after declining an invitation from Major League Baseball, according to MLB.com. "They asked me, but I said no," Giambi told MLB.com. "The only way I would have done it is if I was playing in the [All-Star] Game." Giambi said earlier in the week that the only way he'd participate in the event was if the fans voted him in as the final player on the American League roster. Evan Longoria, third baseman for the Rays, was awarded the final spot. Giambi entered Sunday tied for sixth in the AL with 18 home runs and was batting .249 with 54 RBI's. Justin Morneau of the Twins accepted his Derby invitation on Sunday.
Final Home Run Derby Participants Announced
Major League Baseball and State Farm, the official insurance sponsor of Major League Baseball, today announced the eight All-Stars who will participate in the 2008 State Farm Home Run Derby. The National League will feature Houston Astros first baseman Lance Berkman; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun; Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla; and Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. Competing for the American League will be Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria; Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau; and Cleveland Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore.
Marmol To Replace Wood On NL All-Star Team
Right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol of the Chicago Cubs will replace his teammate, Kerry Wood, on the National League All-Star roster. N.L. All-Star manager Clint Hurdle of the Colorado Rockies made the announcement today in conjunction with Major League Baseball. Wood will not play in the 2008 All-Star Game but will attend the festivities. Marmol (2-3, 4.13 ERA, 3 Sv, 52.1 IP, 29 H, 70 SO) was selected because he was the relief pitcher who received the next highest vote total on the Player Ballot.
Could Rivera Start For AL In All-Star Game?
There are rumors that American League Manager Terry Francona could decide to name Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera as the starter during Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Wright Will Replace Soriano On NL Roster
Third baseman David Wright of the Mets will replace fan-elected starting outfielder Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs on the National League All-Star roster.
Longoria, Hart Win Final All-Star Spots
Rays rookie third baseman Evan Longoria and Brewers outfielder Corey Hart were chosen by fans as the winners of the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote.
Holliday To Replace Soriano In NL Lineup
Rockies' outfielder Matt Holliday will replace Cubs' outfielder Alfonso Soriano in the National League All-Star lineup.
Hart, Longoria Continue To Lead Final Vote
Corey Hart and Evan Longoria continue to lead the voting in the NL and AL respectively for the final roster spots on the 2008 All-Star teams.
Longoria, Hart Lead For Final All-Star Spots
Rays' third baseman Evan Longoria and Brewers' outfielder Corey Hart have early leads in the race for the final All-Star roster spots.
RealGM Staff Report
NL Final Vote: Wright, Burrell, Rowand, Hart, C. Lee
Pat Burrell, Corey Hart, Carlos Lee, Aaron Rowand, and David Wright are the five candidates for the final NL roster spot.
AL Final Vote: Giambi, Dye, Longoria, Guillen, Roberts
Jermaine Dye, Jason Giambi, Jose Guillen, Evan Longoria and Brian Roberts are the five candidates for the final AL roster spot.
Bradley Will Start At DH For AL
Milton Bradley will start for the AL at designated hitter during the 2008 MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium next week because of an injury to David Ortiz.
National League All-Stars Revealed
RealGM has the recently released All-Star roster for the National League in next week's historic game at Yankee Stadium.
AL Roster Announced For All-Star Game
RealGM has the recently released All-Star roster for the American League in next week's historic game at Yankee Stadium.