MLB All-Star Game 2012 Preview: Starting Lineups, Batting Order and TV Schedule

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MLB All-Star Game 2012 Preview: Starting Lineups, Batting Order and TV Schedule
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The 2012 MLB All-Star game gets underway tonight at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. 

In what looks to be a supposedly competitive game, World Series home-field advantage will be on the line when the American and National League foes clash for an 83rd time.

Here is the full TV Listing and schedule for tonight's affair:

4:00 p.m. (ET)- 2012 MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show 
TV Coverage: (MLB Network and Live Stream on MLB.com)

7:30 p.m. (ET)- 2012 MLB All-Star Game Coverage Begins
TV Coverage: (FOX)

8:15 p.m. (ET)- Estimated start time of the 83rd MLB All-Star Game
TV Coverage: (FOX)

Both managers also released their starting lineups on Monday afternoon, and this is how they stack up:

 

National League  (Managed by: Tony LaRussa)

1. Carlos Gonzalez (DH), Colorado Rockies

2. Melky Cabrera (CF), San Francisco Giants

3. Ryan Braun (LF), Milwaukee Brewers

4. Joey Votto (1B), Cincinnati Reds

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5. Carlos Beltran (RF), St. Louis Cardinals

6. Buster Posey (C), San Francisco Giants

7. Pablo Sandoval (3B), San Francisco Giants

8. Dan Uggla (2B), Atlanta Braves

9. Rafael Furcal (SS), St. Louis Cardinals

Notes: The San Francisco Giants have three starters in the lineup, and with a pitching staff that includes Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong, it's a wonder that they are only 46-40 on the season. Furcal, though he's having an outstanding year so far, seems like the weak-link in the lineup. Carlos Gonzalez at the top of the lineup looks unusual, but he is getting on base at a .389 clip.

 

American League (Managed by: Ron Washington)

1. Derek Jeter (SS), New York Yankees

2. Robinson Cano (2B), New York Yankees

3. Josh Hamilton (LF), Texas Rangers

4. Jose Bautista (RF), Toronto Blue Jays

5. Prince Fielder (1B), Detroit Tigers

6. Adrian Beltre (3B), Texas Rangers

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7. David Ortiz (DH), Boston Red Sox

8. Mike Napoli (C), Texas Rangers

9. Curtis Granderson (CF), New York Yankees

Notes: The AL East fills five of the nine starting spots, Prince Fielder is the only representative in the lineup from the AL Central, and Washington's three Rangers round out the squad. Curtis Granderson provides substantial power from the nine-hole (23 HR on the year)—as if the lineup needed any more power—it already contains three of the contestants from last night's Home Run Derby. Cano could top his home run total from last night with one swing of the bat.

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