Hurdle, NL All-Stars Look To End AL Streak

By: AP/11 Sports
By: AP/11 Sports

The American League tries to maintain its decade-long dominance of the National League when the two sides meet Tuesday night in the 79th All-Star game at Yankee Stadium.

Not counting a tie in 2002, the American League has won the last 10 All-Star games. The NL last won in 1996. Still, thanks to dominance in the 1960s and 70s, the NL owns a 41-35-and-2 overall advantage.

Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki will bat leadoff for the AL. He's followed by Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Texas center fielder Josh Hamilton, New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Boston left fielder Manny Ramirez, Rangers designated hitter Milton Bradley, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer and Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

National League manager Clint Hurdle put Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez at the top of his order. He's followed by Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, Houston first baseman Lance Berkman, St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols at designated hitter, Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones, Colorado's Matt Holliday in right field, Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, Chicago's Kosuke Fukudome in center and Cubs rookie catcher Geovany Soto.

Cleveland' Cliff Lee is the American League starting pitcher. He will be opposed by Ben Sheets of the Milwaukee Brewers.


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