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All-Star Game Open Thread

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Two current Blue Jays and a future Blue Jay.
Two current Blue Jays and a future Blue Jay.
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The All-Star Game goes tonight at 8pm with four Blue Jays taking part. The starting pitcher for the American League is Max Scherzer who I previewed a few weeks ago here. Mets' fans rookie prodigy Matt Harvey goes for the National League, who have won the past three years with the AL winning the 12 years before that (plus a tie). If you don't know who Matt Harvey is, neither do a lot of New York Mets fans:

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Harvey throws the four main pitches relying heavily on his high 90's fastball. His three solid off-speed offerings all record whiffs on about a third of hitter's swings.


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The full rosters for the game are below:

American League

C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox

C: Jason Castro, Astros
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox
LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colon *, A's
RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox
RHP: Yu Darvish *, Rangers
RHP: Steve Delabar,Blue Jays
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma *, Mariners
RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians
RHP: Matt Moore, Rays
RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP: Glen Perkins, Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Chris Tillman, Orioles
RHP: Justin Verlander *, Tigers

I could go on a rant about Chris Tillman being in this game, but I'm not sure anyone cares.

National League

C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Wright, Mets
OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

C: Buster Posey, Giants
C: Brian McCann, Braves
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
1B: Freddie Freeman*, Braves
2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP: Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP: Jeff Locke *, Pirates
RHP: Mark Melancon , Pirates
RHP: Edward Mujica, Cardinals
RHP: Sergio Romo , Giants
RHP: Adam Wainwright*, Cardinals
LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann *, Nationals

The last time the Blue Jays had four representatives in the All-Star game was 1994, although they had five in 2006.

I'm personally pretty excited about watching this game, which seems to go against popular opinion these days as the game is oft-criticized. The lineups this year are ridiculously star studded with less obscure players than usual it seems.

Join us in the comments to talk about the game or any other things that suit your fancy.