2014 MLB All-Star Game Preview

When the 2014 MLB All-Star Game is played tonight in Minneapolis (8:00 p.m. ET on FOX), there will be no bigger story than Derek Jeter and his final All-Star appearance.  Perhaps fittingly, the Yankee shortstop is pegged to lead-off for the American League tonight.

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When the 2014 MLB All-Star Game is played tonight in Minneapolis (8:00 p.m. ET on FOX), there will be no bigger story than Derek Jeter and his final All-Star appearance.  Perhaps fittingly, the Yankee shortstop is pegged to lead-off for the American League tonight.

Many would expect Jeter is feeling the emotions of being in his last All-Star Game.  But if that’s the case, he hasn’t expressed it to this point.

“I’ve always enjoyed the All-Star Games, and I’ve always appreciated it, so I don’t think I’ll treat this one any differently.”  Jeter said.  “Everybody wants me to be so emotional all of the time, but I’m coming here to play the game, and anything else that comes with it, I don’t know.”

Jeter’s night will be the dominant storyline, but the players also know they’ll be playing for home-field advantage in the World Series.  Whichever league wins tonight, their team will have home-field come October.

With that in mind, the pitching display will be fun to watch, especially starting pitchers Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners (11-2, 2.12 ERA) for the AL and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals (12-4, 1.83 ERA) for the National League.

Wainwright gets the start over last year’s Cy Young winner and Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 1.78 ERA).  “Aside from having the ability to win two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, I think this has to be one of the highlights of my baseball career to this point,” Wainwright admitted.

Of course, both lineups will be loaded, so it will be no easy task for any pitcher to shut down opposing offenses.

The Money Line currently favors the AL All-Stars at -110, with the NL at +100.  The Run Line has the NL at -190 and the AL at +165.  Finally, the Over/Under is at 7.5.

Here are the batting orders:

American League

1. SS Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

2. LF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

3. 2B Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

4. 1B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

5. RF Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

6. DH Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles

7. CF Adam Jones, Orioles

8. 3B Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics

9. C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

National League:

1. CF Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

2. RF Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

3. SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

4. 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

5. DH Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

6. 3B Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers

7. 2B Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

8. C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers

9. LF Carlos Gomez, Brewers

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