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Where is the MLB All Star game this year?

The 91st edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is set for Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver with the best players from the American and National League facing of for bragging rights. USA TODAYMLB All-Star Game 2021: Time, how to watch, TV, live stream, lineups for Midsummer Classic

When is the MLB All Star Game 2021?

The finale of 2021 All-Star weekend, the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 13. Sporting NewsWhat time does MLB All-Star Game start? TV schedule, channel to watch 2021 AL vs. NL game

Who sang at the All Star Game 2021?

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What station is the All Star Game on?

FOX will once again carry the All-Star Game, as it has since 2001. Sporting NewsWhat channel is the MLB All-Star Game on today? Time, lineups for 2021 AL vs. NL game

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Fox News Headlines 24/7 reporter Carley Shimkus previews the Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.

The MLB All-Star Game jerseys drew fans’ ire on Tuesday night as the American League and the National League matchup got underway at Coors Field in Denver.

Baseball fans watching the Mid-Summer Classic were again unhappy looking at their favorite players in the color scheme that was approved for the game. Much like they were a few weeks ago.

The National League was wearing white jerseys and the American League was wearing blue. Each team's jersey featured a vertical abbreviation for the team each player is representing on the left side and over their left breast would be the logo of that particular team.

The caps featured the team logo with a star having the Colorado Rockies’ purple and white colors.

Shohei Ohtani was the first player to be voted into the All-Star Game as a pitcher and a hitter. He led off for the American League but grounded out. He got out of the first inning on the mound unscathed.

The American League is looking to continue its winning streak in the game. The American League hasn’t lost since 2012 when the game was played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

The game wasn’t played last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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2021 MLB All-Star Game betting odds, picks: Expect plenty of offense at Coors Field

CBS Sports 14 July, 2021 - 04:23pm

The 2021 MLB All-Star Game is set for Tuesday night. After a year off, it's going to be so nice to see the Midsummer Clasic return. It'll be played in Colorado's Coors Field at 7:30 p.m. ET, between the National League and American League. Here's how to watch.

In the world of wagering, you can get some action on pretty much anything and that obviously includes the 2021 All-Star Game, so let's make some picks. 

Good luck figuring this one out analytically. We have no idea how the substitution patterns will work or what pitchers will have anything at all in the thin air for just an inning -- or maybe two -- at a time. 

Did you know the American League has won seven in a row and 19 of the last 23 (with one in there being a tie, so the NL is 3-19-1 since 1996)?

This could be a coincidence, but it also could have something to do with the AL having the DH and therefore having a bit of an advantage with the pitchers having a tougher go through lineups and the hitters therefore facing slightly better pitching. 

This is enough for me to like the AL as an underdog here. Let's take 'em. 

The pick: AL +101

This is a lot more in the comfort zone. I already wrote about the possibility of lots of offense. Here's part of my reasoning: 

The average MLB slash line this season is .240/.316/.402. In Coors Field, the slash line is .262/.330/.436. We've often spent time telling people it's not necessarily the home runs -- it's rarely the top home run park -- but due to the thin air, the outfield was built incredibly spacious. It is 347 feet down the left field, a whopping 390 in the left-center gap and 415 to dead center, 375 to the right-center gap and 350 to the right field line with a large wall. Due to how much the ball flies, the outfielders generally play very deep. 

You can see where we're headed, right? This leaves open the possibility for an awful lot of singles and even hustle doubles. It's also fair to wonder if, in a game that is just for fun and nothing more, the defenses won't bother much with extreme shifting. 

Also, the thin air has been proven to impact movement on pitches. Some play better than others, but overall it's much tougher to pitch here. 

We've lamented the need for more action on the field itself and fewer strikeouts, walks and home runs. Given the dimensions of the ballpark, the insane offensive talent for the game and the thin air warping the ability to pitch, it's possible we see a lot of offense. That's all kinds of fun. 

I don't exactly know where I'd feel comfortable taking the under, but it sure isn't 11. I'm very confident, due to the reasons stated above, that we fly past the over here. There will be plenty of offense and I wouldn't be surprised if we're ready to cash this one by the sixth inning. 

The pick: Over 11 runs

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Gamethread: NL All-Stars vs. AL All-Stars

South Side Sox 14 July, 2021 - 04:23pm

The four White Sox who were selected look to make an impact for the American League

Four White Sox were selected to this year’s All-Star team, and although none are starting, they will hopefully make an appearance. You have probably heard their names by now, but if not, no worries. Lance Lynn, Carlos Rodón, Lance Lynn, and Tim Anderson are on the roster.

The AL and NL lineups are stacked pic.twitter.com/qxNpeiKd5d

The American League has a seven-game win streak entering tonight, though none of those wins were by more than three runs. In the most recent All-Star Game (2019), the American League won by a score of 4-3. Shane Bieber was the MVP, as he struck out all three batters he faced.

Though his team lost in the 2019 All-Star Game, Pete Alonso, who put on a show at the Home Run Derby, had the last two RBIs. So, he is not only the most recent Home Run Derby Champion but also the last player to drive in a run at the All-Star Game.

Shohei Ohtani will be leading off for the American League and starting on the mound. It feels unusual to type that sentence, but that is indeed the plan for tonight. Ohtani is the most valuable player in the majors this season in terms of WAR (5.5 fWAR, 4.0 on offense and 1.5 as a pitcher). Ohtani leads the majors in home runs (33) and slugging percentage (.698). He has also posted a 3.49 ERA in 67 innings on the mound. Many people, myself included, were bullish on his abilities when the Angels signed him. However, not even I anticipated this kind of season from Ohtani.

The first pitch is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Central. FOX will televise it, and ESPN Radio will have the radio coverage. Hopefully, it will be an entertaining game, and of course, best of luck to the four White Sox.

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Neither Joey Gallo or Adolis Garcia will be in the starting lineup and Kyle Gibson was not named the American League’s starting pitcher but all three should be able to impact the game at some point tonight.

You can watch the action on FOX or ESPN 2.

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