The 2011 MLB All-Star Game is rapidly approaching, and after a lot of turnover the last two days, the rosters are finally set.
Jered Weaver will be the starting pitcher for the American League after posting a 1.86 ERA in the first half of the season. The National League starter is still up in the air, but the two obvious choices are Roy Halladay and Jair Jurrjens.
Of course, before we get to the All-Star game, we have to have the 2011 Home Run Derby.
David Ortiz, last year's champ, leads the American League squad against Prince Fielder, the 2009 winner, and the National League.
Jose Bautista, who has been tearing the cover off the ball since the start of 2010, has to be the player to watch in tonight's contest. The ball just flies off his bat, and he will send more than his share of moon shots into the Arizona night.
Whether or not you agree with the idea of the game "counting," it will certainly be a star-studded affair. This year in particular has the right mix of star veteran players and young, talented guys who are having breakout seasons.
That's really the way that this game should be. You want to have the established guys out there to draw in the casual fan and showcase the younger stars that hardcore fans already know about but deserve a chance to shine on a national stage.
Andrew McCutchen, the biggest snub of all when the rosters were first announced, was finally named to the team after practically everyone else backed out of the game. The Pirates have been the best story in baseball so far, though their road gets tougher now that they won't be playing Houston quite as much.
We will have all the latest news, notes and information to get you ready for tonight's Home Run Derby and Tuesday night's All-Star game.