The 2011 MLB All-Star Game gets underway on Tuesday night as some of baseball's best and brightest, as well as a boatload of replacements for those best and brightest, take the field at Chase Field in Arizona. The Midsummer Classic offers a chance to see many of the MLB's superstars gathered together in one place, battling for home-field advantage in the World Series. But who are we kidding? It's a glorified exhibition that people will watch, because nothing else is on, and that the players don't take very seriously.
Nevertheless, the 2011 MLB All-Star Game is sports and because we love sports, it'll be watched by many. Surprisingly, no position players from the Seattle Mariners roster made the game, despite about a full roster of players pulling out for one reason or another. However, two pitchers, three if you could Felix Hernandez, will be in Arizona for the game. Michael Pineda and Brandon League will each pitch and Hernandez is on the bench, ineligible to throw because he was Sunday's starter.
Here's the relevant information for the MLB All-Star Game.
Start time: The All-Star Game gets underway at 5 p.m. here on the West Coast, and will hopefully end sometime before the stroke of midnight. Roy Halliday and Jered Weaver will get the start for the NL and AL, respectively.
TV information: FOX has the broadcast of the game, which means no Chris Berman. After Monday night's Home Run Derby, consider yourselves lucky this one belongs to FOX. Then again, there's Joe Buck. If you're planning on watching, mute might be a safe option. Just make your own soundtrack. It'll probably be better.
Rosters: The initial roster for the American League, the team we care about, can be found here. But wait! It looks nothing like that anymore. For all the roster updates since the first announcement came down, 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 Gamee stream. To relive Lookout Landing founder Jeff Sullivan's Home Run Derby live-blog, head over here. It's an absolute must-read.