PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 11: National League All-Star Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Chase Field on July 11, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2011 MLB All-Star Game: Joel Hanrahan, Andrew McCutchen, Kevin Correia Represent Pirates

The All-Star Game takes place at Chase Field July 12.

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2011 MLB All-Star Game Results: Prince Fielder's Homer Leads National League To 5-1 Victory

Prince Fielder hit a decisive three-run homer off C.J. Wilson en route to winning the game's MVP award as the National League defeated the American League 5-1 in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. 

Adrian Gonzalez homered for the American League, and Andre Ethier and Pablo Sandoval picked up RBIs for the National League.

It wasn't a very inspiring game for the three Pirates representatives. Andrew McCutchen got one at-bat and promptly grounded out. Joel Hanrahan recorded one out, a strikeout, but had two runners reach base after ugly displays of fielding by his defense. Kevin Correia didn't play at all.

It wasn't a great day for Pirates fans who happened to be watching the game, then, in other words. Not that it mattered much. Unless you consider the fact that if the Pirates go to the World Series, they'll get home-field advantage due to the National League's win. Thanks for the homer, Prince - we'll take care of the Yankees for you!

Well, maybe not. But the fact that the Pirates sent three All-Stars at all was pretty nice in itself. That's something.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.


MLB All-Star Game 2011: Miguel Cabrera Injured; Pablo Sandoval's Double Gives N.L. 5-1 Lead

The National League has opened up a lead in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, as Andre Ethier his an RBI single in the fifth inning and Pablo Sandoval tacked on an RBI ground-rule double in the seventh to make it 5-1. Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer earlier in the game off C.J. Wilson, and Wilson and Tyler Clippard are currently the pitchers of record.

No starters remain in the game for either side. The only Pirate to play so far is Andrew McCutchen, who subbed for Matt Kemp in center field and should come to bat for the first time in the bottom of the eighth inning. With only one inning likely remaining for National Leaguers to pitch, it looks unlikely that Joel Hanrahan or Kevin Correia will get into the game, although anything is possible.

UPDATE: McCutchen just grounded out to start the bottom of the eighth, and Hanrahan is currently warming up in the bullpen.

Fielder looks very likely to be the MVP of the game, unless something dramatic changes in the coming inning.

For more on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, check out this storystream.


2011 MLB All-Star Game Score: Prince Fielder's Homer Gives N.L. 3-1 Advantage

Prince Fielder’s three-run homer in the fourth inning off C.J. Wilson of the Rangers gave the National League a 3-1 lead.

Fielder’s bomb excited the fans in Arizona, who had previously booed him on Monday for not including Justin Upton in the Home Run Derby.

Clayton Kershaw just pitched a scoreless inning for the National League.

A series of reserves have entered the game for the N.L., including Joey Votto at first, Yadier Molina at catcher, Upton in right, Hunter Pence in left, and now Starlin Castro, who just pinch-ran for Troy Tulowitzki after Tulo’s single in the bottom of the fifth. We still haven’t seen any Pirates yet, however. It might not be a shock to see Andrew McCutchen shortly, as center fielder Matt Kemp’s spot will be up soon.

Jordan Walden of the Angels is currently on the hill for the American League.

For more on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, continue following this storystream. For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.


MLB All-Star Game 2011: Adrian Gonzalez's Solo Homer Gives A.L. 1-0 Lead

The 2011 MLB All-Star Game has been flying by, as we're in the fourth inning in about the first 45 minutes of the game. Adrian Gonzalez just kicked off the scoring with a solo homer to right field off Cliff Lee, making it 1-0, American League. The A.L. just got another baserunner when Jose Bautista hit a pop-up behind first base, near the foul line, and Prince Fielder couldn't quite field it as it dropped just inside the line. It was ruled a hit, but it probably could have been called an error. 

Josh Hamilton then dumped a single into center field, moving Bautista up to second. Lee has been removed from the game, and the score is 1-0, A.L., with two on and two outs. Tyler Clippard of the Nationals is coming on in relief.

UPDATE: And Adrian Beltre singled, but Bautista got gunned down at the plate.

Jered Weaver, David Robertson and Michael Pineda have pitched scoreless innings for the American League so far. 

No Pirates have yet entered the game.

For more updates on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, keep checking this storystream and also the storystream at


MLB All-Star Game 2011: Josh Beckett Injured, Score Tied At Zero Through Two

After two innings of the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, the biggest highlights have been a single up the middle by Lance Berkman and a spectacular sliding catch in the corner by right fielder (and former Pirate) Jose Bautista. (Berkman later overslid the bag at second and made an out, meaning that American League pitchers have faced the minimum.) The score remains tied at 0-0. 

For the American League, David Robertson came on to pitch the second inning. Jered Weaver pitched the first inning and Josh Beckett was supposed to relieve him, but Beckett felt something in his knee. Hopefully for Red Sox fans, it's nothing serious - the Sox have had all kinds of problems with their starting pitching recently.

There haven't been any Pirates sightings yet, although that isn't surprising. I wouldn't expect to see Andrew McCutchen until the middle innings, whereas Joel Hanrahan could pitch in the late innings. I would be very surprised if Kevin Correia pitched at all.

For more updates on the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, keep checking this storystream and also the storystream at


MLB All-Star Game 2011: Andrew McCutchen Shouldn't Be An All-Star, Columnist Argues

If you work for a small-town paper (and as a writer who's worked for a couple of small-town papers, I don't say that with derision), the best way to get attention beyond that small town is, unfortunately, to write something really asinine. Congratulations to Grove City Allied News writer Patrick Connelly, who has really hit one out of the park with this column, which argues that Andrew McCutchen is "not an All-Star ... yet." You win, Mr. Connelly - I bit.

Ten years from now, if McCutchen indeed becomes the player many believe he is capable of being, we’ll probably all look back and have a good laugh about this.

Actually, McCutchen already is that player. True, he might get even better, but even now, he's been one of the best position players in the National League in 2011. And by "best," I mean "top three." Other than perhaps his arm, he doesn't have any weaknesses - he hits for average and power, he's a good baserunner, and his defense has markedly improved this year. Wins Above Replacement, which combines a player's offensive and defensive contributions, currently ranks McCutchen second among N.L. position players, behind only Jose Reyes.

One prong of Connelly's argument is that the fans pick the players they most want to see to start, and that includes picking likely Hall of Famers long after their primes. That's fine, but that doesn't mean the players and the manager have any excuse for missing the boat on a guy who has, literally, been one of the best players in baseball this year.

Of course, someone like Connelly probably isn't going to be convinced by an appeal to a statistic like Wins Above Replacement.

Before Thursday’s games, McCutchen was tied for third among players at his own position in batting average, a statistic he vastly improved the last two weeks of June. Michael Bourn, the speedy Houston outfielder, was tied with McCutchen and also wasn’t elected to the team, despite leading the NL with 35 stolen bases ...

In addition to being tied for third in batting average among center fielders, McCutchen is third in home runs, fifth in stolen bases and, by the skin of his teeth, in second in RBIs. He’s been caught stealing five times (fourth among NL center fielders and huddled around guys whom all are not All-Stars). McCutchen is first at his position in walks, but that barely deserves more than the cliché "good eye, kid" acknowledgment.

No. Just no. Walks produce runs. Anyone who writes about baseball should know that. This is the 21st century.

But we can look beyond the battles over which statistics are better (although it should be very clear to anyone who's thinking seriously about the game that basic sabermetric stats like OPS and WAR are much, much better indicators of a player's true contributions than a hodgepodge of traditional stats basically used at random). If this guy seriously can't tell that Michael Bourn isn't even on the same planet as Andrew McCutchen as a ballplayer, then he shouldn't be writing about baseball at all. Step away from the computer, Mr. Connelly.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.


2011 MLB All-Star Game Lineups, Starters, Time

Here are the lineups for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, which takes place Tuesday night at 8:00 PM and will be broadcast on FOX. There aren't any Pirates in the National League starting lineup, but there are three who might make an appearance in the later innings: Joel Hanrahan, Andrew McCutchen and Kevin Correia. Of those, you can bet on McCutchen to make the earliest appearance, since the NL bench isn't exactly loaded with center fielders.

Here's the lineup for the American League, whose starting pitcher will be Jered Weaver.

Curtis Granderson CF

Asdrubal Cabrera SS

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Jose Bautista RF

Josh Hamilton LF

Adrian Beltre 3B

David Ortiz DH

Robinson Cano 2B

Alex Avila C

And here's the National League, which will start Roy Halladay.

Rickie Weeks 2B

Carlos Beltran DH

Matt Kemp CF

Prince Fielder 1B

Brian McCann C

Lance Berkman RF

Matt Holliday LF

Troy Tulowitzki SS

Scott Rolen 3B

You can follow this storystream for live updates about the Pirates' contributions to the game. Hopefully all three of them end up getting to play.


2011 MLB All-Star Game: Bruce Bochy Felt Heat For McCutchen Snub

Dejan Kovacevic has coverage of the 2011 MLB All-Star Game from Arizona. After a bunch of wrangling, the game now features three Pirates: Joel Hanrahan, Andrew McCutchen and Kevin Correia. McCutchen and Correia were added after the initial rosters were announced.

There are some nice quotes in the story, particularly the one from McCutchen saying that the Pirates are “a Cinderella story.”

N.L. manager Bruce Bochy sounds like he felt the sting (from, presumably, Clint Hurdle and others) for not adding McCutchen to the roster the first time around.

Bochy acknowledged the furor that preceded his finally adding McCutchen as an injury replacement.

“I got hit pretty hard for McCutchen, so I was glad to get him on there,” Bochy said.

Yeah, me too, and it’s nice to see McCutchen finally get the love he deserved.

The All-Star Game is on Tuesday at 8:00 PM.

For more on the Pirates and the All-Star Game, follow this storystream. For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.


MLB All-Star Game 2011: Futures Game Results

The U.S. beat the World 6-4 in the 2011 Futures Game on Sunday. You can find the box score here. Notably, Starling Marte of the Pirates went 1-for-3 for the World team. (Marte was the only Pirate prospect to play; Chase D'Arnaud was also selected, but was then promoted, so he started at shortstop for the big-league Pirates on Sunday instead.) 

Top Nationals prospect Bryce Harper went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Athletics' Grant Green went 2-for-2 with two doubles and was named the game's MVP.

Marte is one of the Pirates' top prospects, but his name has come up as a player the Bucs might ship out at the trading deadline in order to get help for the big-league team. That strikes me as unlikely - it's rare that prospects as good as Marte are traded at the deadline, and rarer still that teams like the Pirates do it. The Bucs have been surprisingly good this year, but they're playing for 2012, 2013 and beyond as well. 

Too much of Marte's success in the minors so far has come from beating out infield singles, but he does have 32 extra-base hits so far this year. He'll be interesting to watch in the next year or too.


2011 MLB All-Star Game: Kevin Correia Added To National League Roster

After Andrew McCutchen was named to the National League roster on Saturday, the Pirates have their second All-Star added in as many days, as starting pitcher Kevin Correia has been named to the squad as well, according to the Pirates website. Correia will replace the Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels, as he was next in line on the players' ballot. Hamels cannot pitch in the game, by rule, because he started on Sunday.

The selection gives the Pirates three all-stars for the first time since 1990. McCutchen and Correia join Joel Hanrahan, who was named to the original All-Star list last week.

The move was anticipated last night, when the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel asked Correia about the prospects of joining his teammates in Phoenix.

"I`m excited," Correia said. "It`s an opportunity that doesn`t come around all that often."

After taking the loss Saturday night against Chicago, Correia's ERA ballooned to a pedestrian 4.01. His 11 wins, though, put him among the National League leaders, so it's little surprise the players thought highly enough of him to put him in the game.


2011 MLB All-Star Game: Andrew McCutchen Replaces Ryan Braun On N.L. Roster

After N.L. manager Bruce Bochy not only missed an opportunity to add Andrew McCutchen to the 2011 All-Star roster the first time around (along with the fans, the players, and everyone else involved in this sordid process) and then passed on him again in order to take the demonstrably-inferior Andre Ethier, I didn't think there was any way McCutchen would ever make the team. But he has - Ryan Braun dropped out, and Bochy finally decided to include McCutchen as his replacement. 

The Bucs made the announcement that McCutchen would be joining Joel Hanrahan on the N.L. roster during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Cubs, and the fans greeted the news with an ovation.

McCutchen has made dramatic steps forward in his third year in the league, getting on base frequently and playing great defense. He was a deserving All-Star from the very beginning, and everyone involved made mistakes by not including him earlier. Finally, though, Bochy made the right move.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.


2011 MLB All-Star Game: Andre Ethier Selected, Andrew McCutchen Snubbed Yet Again

Bruce Bochy has selected Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier to take the place of the injured Shane Victorino in the 2011 All-Star Game, again leaving Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen behind.

At this point, there’s really no conclusion other than that Bochy is upset over Clint Hurdle’s comments about how “everybody whiffed” by not including McCutchen in the first place. Either that, or Bochy is selecting players not based on how well they play but on some mysterious set of criteria that mere mortals can only guess at. If it’s the former, that’s way more unprofessional than anything Hurdle did, but maybe Bochy didn’t get the memo that the All-Star Game isn’t purely about him.

Ethier is batting .311 with a .380 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging percentage. McCutchen is hitting .292/.393/500, for a better on-base percentage and slugging. Also, McCutchen is a better defensive player than Ethier – he plays a tougher defensive position (Ethier has played right field exclusively this year), and he plays it better. By any reasonable standard, McCutchen has been more valuable than Ethier this year.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Dodgers, check out True Blue LA.


2011 MLB All-Star Game: Shane Victorino Hits DL; Could Andrew McCutchen Take His Place? reports that Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, who made the 2011 NL All-Star team via the final vote, is heading to the DL with a thumb sprain.

This suggests that NL manager Bruce Bochy will have another spot available, and he’ll have the chance to correct the mistake he and others made and put Andrew McCutchen on the All-Star team.

McCutchen is currently third among all major-league position players in Wins Above Replacement, behind Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes. He’s emerging as one of baseball’s top young stars, and with his combination of on-base ability, power and defense, he’s quickly becoming one of baseball’s most valuable players as well.

To not include him on the All-Star team is a travesty, and it’s especially strange in that many members of the national media seem to consider the Pirates the feel-good story of the year. If that’s really the case, why would their best player not be included in the balloting, especially when he’s so clearly deserving on his own merits? Here’s hoping Bochy seizes this opportunity to finally get this right.


MLB All-Star Game 2011: Joel Hanrahan Emerges As A Top-Shelf Reliever

The Post-Gazette has an article on Joel Hanrahan and the reliever's path to the All-Star Game. Hanrahan recently got a congratulatory note from Nationals president Stan Kasten, which brought back memories of Hanrhan's troubles with his old team.

I thought that was strange, but I definitely appreciated it because he saw me go through all those struggles and how hard I worked to try and get through them. He saw me sitting there next to my locker, head in hands, trying to find out answers to everything I was going through."

It's not that Hanrahan hasn't improved. He's walking a lot fewer batters than he used to. He's also throwing harder and keeping the ball down. But his "struggles" with Washington are somewhat overstated. He was a good pitcher for them beginning after his rookie season in 2007. In 2008, he struck out 93 batters in 84.1 innings; in 2009, he struck out 35 in 32.2 innings before being traded. The problem was that he was being cut up by the Nationals' butcheriffic defense. That Hanrahan would be this good as a Pirate might have required a bit of imagination. That he would be good was imminently foreseeable.


MLB All-Star Weekend Schedule: Fanfest Starts On Friday

Here's the schedule for this week's MLBA All-Star Weekend events in Arizona. The All-Star Fanfest 2011 will be held from Friday, July 8 through Tuesday, July 12. On July 8-11, it will be open from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM; on July 12 it will close at 6:00 PM. You can find a list of attractions here - be sure to check out the world's largest baseball!

The All-Star break really gets going on Sunday, which is when Chase Field will host the Futures Game at 6:00 PM, as well as the Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, which will take place at around 9:30 PM. 

Monday, July 11 will be the All-Star Workout Day, and the Home Run Derby will be at 8:00 PM.

The All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 12 at 8:00 PM, and regular season action will get started again on Thursday, July 14. The Pirates' next game after the break will be Friday, July 15 on the road against the Houston Astros.

Stay tuned to this storystream for more news about the 2011 MLB All-Star Game.


MLB All-Star Game 2011: How Could Andrew McCutchen Snub Have Been Avoided?

I've been thinking about the fact that Joel Hanrahan, rather than Andrew McCutchen, will be representing the Pirates in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game.

Now, clearly, Joel Hanrahan is a deserving All-Star. He's got a blistering fastball, he's amazingly fun to watch and he's been blowing away National League hitters all year.

But it's immensely disappointing to Pirates fans to see Andrew McCutchen not on the team. McCutchen has been, by almost any reasonable standard, one of the best players in the National League, and he's been the face of a Pirates franchise that has been one of the best stories in baseball this year. He absolutely should be there.

Here's a suggestion for avoiding this problem. The issue is that each team needs to have a representative, and so what people do when they don't want to think too hard about a particular team is to just pick a reliever. After all, All-Star teams need relievers, so what better way to include a player from a sad-sack team than to pick a low-wattage player like a relief pitcher? This allows those who select the All-Star rosters to dismiss teams like the Pirates, while also somehow still acknowledging them.

Maybe the token player on each team shouldn't be allowed to be a reliever - each team should be represented by either a position player, one who plays every day, or a starting pitcher. Only after all teams are represented that way could relievers be selected.

This would, it's true, make selecting the rosters even more complicated. But it appears that the folks in charge do need a lot of hand-holding.

... Or, you know, maybe the folks who pick the teams could start doing so responsibly. Both McCutchen and Hanrahan deserve to be there. But the fact that McCutchen isn't there is a travesty.


2011 MLB All-Star Game: Bruce Bochy Angry About Clint Hurdle's Comments Regarding Andrew McCutchen Snub

Bruce Bochy is upset about Clint Hurdle’s comments regarding Andrew McCutchen not being included in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game.

“What bothers me are some of the comments made by other managers,” Bochy said. “Now you’re getting personal, disparaging other players.”

Hurdle didn’t say anything remotely personal about other players. He didn’t mention other players, and he didn’t say at what point in MLB’s complicated All-Star Game roster construction process McCutchen should have been picked. Instead, he said “everybody whiffed.” But this didn’t stop Bochy from following an extremely convoluted logical path that somehow led right back to himself.

Though Hurdle did not mention other players by name, the only outfielders Bochy selected were Arizona’s Justin Upton and New York’s Carlos Beltran.

Upton was the only Diamondback taken, so in Bochy’s eyes, Hurdle was saying his player was better than Beltran. Bochy said he, his staff and a league official began finalizing the team in earnest as the Giants arrived in Detroit on Friday and suggested reporters check the two outfielders’ stats as of then.

Wow. It’s amazing that someone so sensitive can get through the day with the difficult job of running a baseball team. Hurdle didn’t mention Bochy, and I doubt he was thinking of anything so specific as McCutchen over Beltran (although if he was thinking about that, he was right). Instead, what he said was that everybody whiffed on one of his players, and when you’re talking about a guy who, between his offense and defense, has been as valuable as any position player in the National League this year, the only reasonable conclusion is that Hurdle has a point.

Oh, and then there’s this:

On Tuesday, Bochy fired back, saying many managers phoned him before the picks were made to lobby for certain players, but McKeon and Hurdle did not.

What does that have to do with anything? Does Bochy really need other managers to hold his hand while he makes what should be an incredibly obvious decision?


2011 MLB All-Star Game: Andrew McCutchen's Omission Reflects A Lack Of Imagination

Joe Posnanski makes a great case for the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen to be in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. Not that it would be hard to make a great case for McCutchen, since he blatantly deserves to be in the All-Star Game and it's truly perverse that he wasn't included, but Posnanski does it well. Perhaps his most salient poitn, alongside the other really good ones about, y'know, McCutchen being one of the best players in baseball so far this year and stuff:

McCutchen was one of the best young players in baseball before the year began, though I suspect few across the country knew it since he plays in Pittsburgh. Now, though, the Pirates are shocking everybody by actually winning games. They are a couple of games over .500, and as you know the Pirates have not finished above .500 since Charles and Diana separated. They are in actual contention in the National League Central. Maybe it's a fluke. Maybe it won't last. But maybe it will, and this is the very height of baseball happiness, a great and long suffering baseball town is finally in it, led by a brilliantly gifted 24-year-old centerfielder who can do everything. If the All-Star Game doesn't celebrate that, well, why even HAVE the All-Star Game.

Right. Exactly. The Pirates have been one of the best stories in baseball so far this year. I don't care if you're a Yankees fan and you couldn't care less about the Pirates. That's just a fact, or it should be. And Major League Baseball couldn't find a way to honor their best player, and one of the best players in the whole game. There's a poverty of imagination there that's just disturbing. As Posnanski implies, the reason we have the All-Star game is to highlight stories like that of the Pirates and players like McCutchen. 


2011 MLB All-Star Game Selections: Clint Hurdle Rips MLB For Not Including Andrew McCutchen

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is letting Major League Baseball and the players have it for not including outfielder Andrew McCutchen on the 2011 MLB All-Star Team.

"The MLB whiffed, that he is not one of the guys getting to be in this vote thing. They whiffed on that. That’s an absolute whiff. If you’re looking to put your ballclub together and a guy who can come off the bench and do some things, the numbers he has – you can look at metrics, you can look at straight batting average, you can look at OPS, stolen bases – he’s an All-Star.

"The players, they whiffed. Everybody whiffed on this one for me in Andrew’s case. Me being his manager, I’m going to take my little 42 seconds of soapbox and remind everybody of what a whiff job they did on him not being on the team."

Yeah. Just to put it in simple terms, McCutchen currently ranks third in Wins Above Replacement (a stat that calculates a player’s value to his team in both offense and defense) among all position players in baseball. And you don’t have to rely on advanced stats to see that he’s an All Star if you don’t want to. He’s the Pirates’ best hitter by a mile, there are no glaring weaknesses in his game, and his defense has taken a big step forward this year. Not including McCutchen was, frankly, ridiculous.


2011 MLB All-Star Game: Joel Hanrahan In, Andrew McCutchen Snubbed

The MLB released its All-Star game rosters today, demonstrating yet again why the mid summer classic is virtually irrelevant to Bucs fans.

Despite having many candidates, the Pirates will only be fielding one representative, closer Joel Hanrahan, Hanrahan is certainly deserving; he has been utterly dominant this season, posting a stingy 1.41 ERA. While the relative importance of the closer position is often overstated by analysts, there can be little debate that Hanrahan is a big reason why the Pirates have been able to win games this year in spite of their sputtering offense.

The Pittsburgh faithful will likely be furious that their team’s brightest star, Andrew McCutchen, has been so flagrantly snubbed. McCutchen’s offensive numbers have certainly been impressive thus far, but what sets the young centerfielder apart is the way he combines his potent bat with game changing defense. Unfortunately, neither the league nor the public has noticed.

To pour salt in the wound Bruce Bochy selected former Pirate and poster-child for futility Ryan Vogelsong, who has somehow managed to put together a good first half.

There are just so many reasons for Pittsburgh fans not to care about this. Hopefully, you are one of those glass-is-half-full types who can sit through an entire game and feel happy that you got to see Joel Hanrahan pitch 2/3 of an inning. Since I am not, you can count me out of the festivities.


2011 MLB All-Star Game: Schedule Of Events

Here's the schedule for the weekend of the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, which will be next week at Chase Field in Arizona.

The All-Star Future Game will take place at 6:00 PM on July 10. Pirates prospect Starling Marte will represent the World team. The All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game will be at around 9:30 the same day.

The Home Run Derby will take place on July 11 at 8:00 PM.

The All-Star Game proper will be on July 12 at 8:00 PM. We'll wait to see which Pirate, or Pirates, will be represented, but Joel Hanrahan and Andrew McCutchen are the most likely choices. A case could also be made for Jeff Karstens. The All-Star Game recently has not been any great shakes for Pirates fans, who usually have to suffer the indignity of having one token selection and who don't care about the 'this time it counts' stuff because they're never contending. This time, though, they have some very legitimate All-Star candidates, and they're still in contention in early July.

Here's's website for the All-Star game.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.

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