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Tony La Russa doesn't concern himself with storylines. If he did, he would have chosen New York Mets' knuckleballing sensation R.A. Dickey to start the All-Star Game. Instead, La Russa picked San Francisco's Matt Cain as the National League starter and created a different theme to the pitching matchup for tonight's All-Star Game (MLB on FOX, 7:30 p.m. ET). The subplot can't compare with Dickey's discourse on the human condition, but it is a baseball purist's delight: Cain vs. Detroit's Justin Verlander, a collision of two avatars for the current era of pitching dominance. Verlander, 29, and Cain, 27, both debuted in 2005 and have collected a career's worth of accolades before their 30th birthdays. Verlander has thrown two no-hitters but remains barred at the door of the velvet-rope-lined Perfect Club. Cain earned his membership card June 13, with the 22nd perfect game in major-league history. Cain and Verlander have never pitched in the same ga...
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