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Report from the All-Star Game

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 9, 2012 01:09 PM

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KANSAS CITY Good afternoon from the All-Star Game. The managers and players are meeting with the media this afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium, which is right across the parking lot from Kauffman Stadium.

Matt Cain is going to face Justin Verlander according to reports. The official announcement will be in a little while.

We'll let you know the lineups and everything else that comes out of the press conferences. Surely David Ortiz will have some opinions on the game and the state of the Red Sox at the break.

So hang out here for updates.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Here's the AL lineup:

Derek Jerer SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Josh Hamilton LF
Jose Bautista RF
Prince Fielder 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli C
Curtis Granderson CF
Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander

UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.: Here's the NL lineup:

Carlos Gonzalez DH
Melky Cabrera CF
Ryan Braun LF
Joey Votto 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Buster Posey C
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Dan Uggla 2B
Rafael Furcal SS
Pitching: RHP Matt Cain

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: National League manager Tony La Russa is getting a lot of questions, some pointed ones, about why R.A. Dickey of the Mets isn't starting.

"It was a tough choice," La Russa said.

Even Cain mentioned that it would have made sense because the catcher (Posey in this case) would get a chance to catch the knuckleball in the bullpen before the game.

Dickey also has arguably had a better season (12-1, 2.40, 158 ERA+) than Cain (9-3, 2.62, 134 ERA+).

La Russa said he wanted to honor Cain both for this season and the career that he has had and made the decision in conjunction with his long-time pitching coach Dave Duncan.

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