If you don't feel like watching the entire 2011 MLB All-Star Game, you're in luck. For Seattle Mariners fans, the clear attraction on Tuesday is Michael Pineda, with a side of Brandon League for good measure. Felix Hernandez is ineligible to pitch, leaving Pineda as the only truly compelling storyline for Seattle fans. But wading through the rest of the horror show that is the MLB All-Star Game doesn't exactly appeal to most fans.
So if you'd like to just tune-in to catch Pineda, Larry Stone offers a helpful hint. Pineda is scheduled to work the fourth inning, and only the fourth inning, for the American League.
Pineda told me he's working the fourth inning
He's on a 30-pitch limit, but knowing how he's been throwing, that shouldn't be a problem. Root for three-straight punchouts and Pineda leaving Arizona healthy and happy. With the watered-down rosters, a 9-pitch, three strikeout inning is within the realm of possibility for the youngster and would be worth the price of admission.
The 2011 MLB All-Star Game gets underway at 5 p.m. on Fox. For a look at the rosters, TV information and more on the game, head over here.
More on the game can be found in our 2011 MLB All-Star Game StoryStream. For live-coverage, head over to Baseball Nation's All-Star Game stream. To relive Lookout Landing founder Jeff Sullivan's Home Run Derby live-blog, head over here. It's an absolute must-read.