NEW YORK -- The starters and lineups are going to be announced in a few minutes for Tuesday night's All-Star Game and we're attempting to go live (hoping for no connection snafus) from the palatial Manhattan Ballroom in the Grand Hyatt to give you all the info. The managers and starting pitchers are the first ones scheduled on the podium.
MLB.com is already reporting that Milwaukee's Ben Sheets will start for the NL because both Tim Lincecum and Brandon Webb threw Sunday. I'm thinking ex-Bison Cliff Lee of the Indians will get the AL nod although you could easily make a case for Toronto's Roy Halladay or Los Angeles' Joe Saunders.
11:05 a.m.: Still waiting for the press conference to begin. NL manager Clint Hurdle just entered the room to speak with some Make-A-Wish foundation kids sitting in the front row.
11:11 a.m: Just realized MLB.com is streaming this affair live. It still hasn't started.
11:15 a.m.: The principals have entered and are at the podium. And they include Sheets and Lee. So they're the starters and there's your first big piece of info.
11:18 a.m: The AL lineup is posted. It goes like this: Ichiro-rf; Jeter-ss; Hamilton-cf; Rodriguez-3b; Ramirez-lf; Bradley-dh; Youkilis-1b; Mauer-c; Pedroia-2b
11:21 a.m: Lee -- "I'm kind of awestruck by it. Hopefully I can continue to pitch the way I have."
11:23 a.m.: Sheets just said he's never been to Yankee Stadium.
11:24 a.m.: The NL lineup -- HRamirez, ss; Utley, 2b; Berkman, 1b; Pujols, dh; Jones, 3b; Holliday, rf; Braun, lf; Fukudome, cf; Soto, c
11:26 a.m.: First question was to Francona about why not starting Mariano Rivera. "He may be the greatest reliever of all-time but he's not a starter. I thought it would be unfair to the starting pitchers and you're putting a guy at risk possibly doing something he's not done."
11:29 a.m: Sheets dominated the Rockies last week and made an impression on Hurdle. "The fact he struck out 11 of us in five innings caught my eye," Hurdle said.
11:33 a.m.: Francona on Yankee Stadium -- "Something will happen in this game that people will probably talk about for a long time."
11:35 a.m.: Hurdle on the NL lineup -- "You hear about OPS. i'm a big fan of G-U-T-S. It's the best lineup I've ever written down on a paper. We'll see where it takes us."
11:37 a.m.: Lee on going back to Buffalo last season -- "Sometimes going through some failure makes you a better player in the long run. It gave me a little motivation in the offseason to work harder and do what I could not to get injured in spring training and prove how I have pitched in the past and it's worked out."
11:40 a.m.: Sheets keeps calling his manager "Mr. Hurdle".
11:41 a.m.: Sheets on his first trip to Yankee Stadium: "I don't know much about the stadium because I've never been there ... I'm going to take the opportunity to see everything. What do they call them? The monuments? I'm definitely going to do a sight-seeing tour today and enjoy every minute of it."