Chase Utley, Cole Hamels and Aaron Rowand represent Philadelphia in the mid-summer classic, starting tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX. The American League has won the last nine All-Star games, dating back to 1996.
Meanwhile, there is breaking news out of Seattle this evening. ESPN is reporting the Mariners are close to a five-year extension with Ichiro. The news was reported just a short time ago on SportsCenter and has been posted on their Web site. The Phillies impact is minimal, but still worth mentioning. The Phillies may have been among the candidates who would have taken a look at the the soon-to-be free agent to help bolster an outfield that could loose Rowand to free agency, and it should also put a smile of Rowand's face. His value just went up. Interesting development worth following tonight. Should Ichiro stay in Seattle, that's two major 2008 free agents to have dropped off the board in the past week, White Sox pitcher Mark Buerhle being the other.
The NL lineup was set yesterday, with Chase Utley batting 8th - a head-scratching move by NL skipper Tony LaRussa to say the least. Enjoy the game, and discuss it here.