2011 Major League Baseball XM All-Star Futures Game Live Blog

Evan BruschiniCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10:  U.S. Futures All-Star Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals looks on during batting practice for the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the Bleacher Report-exclusive live blog of the XM All-Star Futures game!

For the true baseball fan, the Futures Game began in 1999 and represents a unique opportunity to see the top prospects in the majors compete on the same field for the first time as pros. Among the major league stars who have appeared in the game are Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto, Lance Berkman, CC Sabathia, Pablo Sandoval and Chase Utley.

The United States will look to defend their 9-1 victory from last year, which broke a three-year winning streak for the World team. The all-time series is tied at six wins apiece.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EDT.