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2012 All-Star Game: 6 Players Who Will Shape Outcome of Game
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With all the talk over who got robbed of an All-Star appearance and who should have rightfully earned a starting nod, it is easy to forget that there is still a game to be played that actually counts.

Baseball's brightest stars—along with some guys who won a popularity vote—will determine which league walks out of Kansas City with home-field advantage in the World Series.

Once the game starts, shouting over how many San Francisco Giants earned undeserving starting bids could seem trivial if Pablo Sandoval actually comes through with a big hit.

Although David Wright probably would probably deliver an even bigger, better hit. Sorry, bickering is a tough habit to break. 

None of these players will start for their respective side, but look for these All-Stars to play a pivotal role in deciding which squad emerges victorious.

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