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12 p.m. ET: Some fans love the All-Star Game, and some hate it. Some think rewarding home field advantage in the World Series to the winner is fair, and some do not. The chatter surrounding the premise of the All-Star Game is often more exciting than the actual game, but love it or not, the game will still happen tonight at 8 p.m. This year’s affair is packed with the usual big names. Yasiel Puig and Home Run Derby winner Yoenis Cespedes won’t be around, but plenty of other stars will, from MLB’s youngsters (Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and first-time pick Chris Davis) to the perennial standouts (David Ortiz, David Wright). And, of course, with home field advantage on the line, this year’s contest will determine which league gets four games at home in the World Series. The American League used to dominate the Midsummer Classic, but after taking 12 of 13 through 2009 (a streak marred only by a tie), the National League has come out on top the last three years — seasons in which National League teams also won the World Series. Check out the lineups for this evening’s game, then come back here a few hours ahead of the game for news and notes heading into the action. American League Mike Trout, LF Robinson Cano, 2B Miguel Cabrera, 3B Chris Davis, 1B Jose Bautista, RF David Ortiz, DH Adam Jones, CF Joe Mauer, C J.J. Hardy, SS Max Scherzer, P National League Brandon Phillips, 2B Carlos Beltran, RF Joey Votto, 1B David Wright, 3B Carlos Gonzalez, LF Yadier Molina, C Troy Tulowitzki, SS Michael Cuddyer, DH Bryce Harper, CF Matt Harvey, P
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