Tim Lincecum (10-2, 2.33) vs. Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.85).
M. Young, 3B
A. Hill, 2B
D. Wright, 3B
Y. Molina, C
COMMENTS: Here it is, Dodger fans: Your one and only chance to cheer guilt-free for the amazing Tim Lincecum. The NL West-leading Dodgers and NL wild card-leading Giants both have a vested interest in tonight's All-Star Game. Can you believe that, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, "Never have both teams qualified for the playoffs in the same season." This could truly be a season of firsts!
If you're into omens, or just vegetarians who hit for power, Prince Fielder won last night's Home Run Derby. Which either gives the NL a psychological edge (in addition to home-field advantage) or means that Fielder will be too bus(c)hed to produce tonight.
And don't overlook the Joe Torre connection. The LA Times reports the Dodger manager has a record of 13-1-1 in All-Star games. Need more convincing? Look no further: An MLB 09: The Show simulation has the NL winning, 5-2. So it's all but decided. They might as well send everybody home right now.
*Some sources have Braun in left and Ibanez in right. Both players usually play left.
Hudson photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Torre photo by Elsa/Getty Images; fireworks photo by photo by L.G. Patterson/MLB.com