Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Papelbon wants to ruin Rivera's moment (AL ASG preview)

In case you haven't heard, here's Jon Papelbon talking about who should close out the All-Star Game tonight (8 EST, FOX). (Via Big League Stew.)

If Terry Francona puts Papelbon in (assuming there's a save situation), that would be great for the rivalry. Could you imagine the reaction from the fans in Yankee Stadium? It would be something. Almost as good as Chase Utley's remark about the boos from Yankee fans last night.

Anyway, this should be a very interesting game. Both managers, Francona and Clint Hurdle look committed to winning this game, although it means more to Francona because the Red Sox will actually be playing a meaningfully game in September. (By the way, I hate the home field advantage rule.)

Here is your AL starting lineup:

1- Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2- Derek Jeter, SS
3- Josh Hamilton, CF
4- Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5- Manny Ramirez, LF
6- Milton Bradley, DH
7- Kevin Youkilis, 1B
8- Joe Mauer, C
9- Dustin Pedroia, 2B

Cliff Lee will be the starting pitcher.

The AL has a pretty good lineup, I like the 3-4-5 slots and putting Pedroia in the 9 slot. I hope Ian Kinsler plays more than Pedroia, although I don't know if Francona will let that happen.

I think that this will be a good game, particularly because of the home field advantage rule, and because of the talent each side showcases. The American League will win because of the strong relief pitching the staff has, in my opinion.

AL - 8
NL - 6

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