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2017 MLB All-Star Game date, time, how to watch, rosters

2017 MLB All-Star Game date, time, how to watch, rosters

The 2017 MLB All-Star Game, for the first time since 2003, will not determine home-field advantage in the World Series and that could make the Mid-Summer Classic extrmely intriguing. 

The last time that the All-Star Game did not determine home-field advantage, the game ended in a 7-7 tie with both teams running out of pitchers in 2002.

Now home-field goes to the team with the higher record. Less incentive, if there was one to begin with, will almost certainly have an impact on how the game is played. Now in the 2017 All-Star Game, every player including Pat Neshek from the lowly Philadelphia Phillies will play for the same reason: entertainment. 

Since the implementation of the home-field advantage rule, the American League is 11-3, inclduing winning the last four games in a row. Before then, the NL's odds were not much better. 

The Washington Nationals will be represented by five different players tied with the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees for most in the league. Jonathan Schoop will represent the Baltimore Orioles. 

2017 MLB ALL-STAR GAME HOW TO WATCH

What: The 2017 MLB All-Star Game 
When:  Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Marlin's Park, Miami, Florida
TV Channel: FOX
Livestream: FOX Sports Go

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY

Year: Winner, Score, All-Star Game MVP

2016: American League   4-2   MVP: Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
2015: American League   6-3   MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2014: American League   5-3   MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2013: American League   3-0   MVP: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
2012: National League     8-0   MVP: Melky Cabrera, San Francsico Giants
2011: National League     5-1   MVP: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
2010: National League     3-1   MVP: Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
2009: American League   4-3   MVP: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays
2008: American League   4-3   MVP: J.D. Drew, Boston Red Sox
2007: American League   5-4   MVP: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners

American League 2017 All-Star Game Roster:

Starters:

C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
1B Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
3B Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
SS Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
OF George Springer, Houston Astros
DH Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays

Reserves

C Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
1B Yonder Alonso, Oakland Athletics
2B Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
2B Starlin Castro, New York Yankees
3B Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
SS Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
OF Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
OF Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
OF Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox
DH Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

Pitchers:

SP Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
SP Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
SP Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
SP Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
SP Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
SP Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
SP Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins
SP Luis Severino, New York Yankees
SP Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
RP Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
RP Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians
RP Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

National League All-Star Game Roster:

Starters:

C Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
1B Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
2B Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
SS Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
OF Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
OF Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
OF Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

Reserves:

C Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
2B Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
2B D.J. LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
3B Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
SS Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
OF Michael Conforto, New York Mets
OF Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves
OF Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

Pitchers:

SP Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
SP Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
SP Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
SP Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
SP Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
RP Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
RP Corey Knebel, Milwaukee Brewers
RP Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs
RP Greg Holland, Colorado Rockies
RP Brad Hand, San Diego Padres
RP Pat Neshek, Philadelphia Phillies

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MLB Postseason 2017 Bracket Projection

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MLB Postseason 2017 Bracket Projection

Two weeks remain in the regular season for the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, and the rest of Major League Baseball.

Already, the Nationals have clinched a spot in the MLB postseason, while the Orioles are still clinging to an outside chance of making it through to one of the two Wild Card spots. If Baltimore were to make the surprise climb they would likely be the third team from the AL East to make the MLB postseason.

NATIONAL LEAGUE:

Washington is joined by the Los Angeles Dodgers as the only two teams to have claimed a playoff berth in the National League. This past weekend the Dodgers took two out of three in a pivotal series from the Nationals to hold on to the top seed. The lead is now up to 6 games for Los Angeles after it was down to only 3.5 games in the middle of the week.

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The Dodgers have not clinched their division yet but with their turnaround in Washington this past weekend it is only a matter of time. Leading the Arizona Diamondbacks by 9.5 games, the Dodgers magic number is only four. With 96 wins, Los Angeles also would be the team to hold home-field advantage throughout the postseason, including the World Series.

Only the National League Central Division has an interesting battle as the year winds down, but the Chicago Cubs maintain a four game edge over the Milwaukee Brewers. Right behind the Brewers are the St. Louis Cardinals, two games back. There is brief two-game series for the Cubs in Tampa Bay before back-to-back road series against the Brewers than the Cardinals. Within a week, this division could be flipped over. It is a near lock that the division winner will be the No. 3 seed.

Arizona is likely to clinch one of the Wild Card berths this week. Colorado currently holds the second spot, and they're 2.5 up on the Brewers.

If the season were to end today, here is how the National League bracket would look:

Wild Card Round (Winner-take-all):

No. 5 Colorado Rockies (82-68) at No. 4 Arizona Diamondbacks (87-63)

National League Divisional Series (Best-of-5):

No. 1 Los Angeles Dodgers (96-53) vs. Wild Card Round Winner
No. 2 Washington Nationals (90-59) vs. No. 3 Chicago Cubs (83-66)

Wild Card Race:

Arizona Diamondbacks:  +5.0
Colorado Rockies:              ---
Milwaukee Brewers:        -2.5
St. Louis Cardinals:          -4.5
Miami Marlins:                -12.5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Thanks to their improbable 22-game winning streak, the Cleveland Indians now sit atop the American League. They hold a slight 1.5 game lead over the Houston Astros for the top seed and home-field advantage in the AL. Both of these teams have already handily clinched their divisions holding on to the No. 1 and 2 seeds.

The incredible run by Cleveland has also put them 3.5 games behind the Dodgers for home-field throughout the entire postseason.

As it does seemingly every year, the American League East will come down to the wire. The New York Yankees trail the Boston Red Sox by only three games with their season series already wrapped up. Of the Yankees final 13 games though, 10 are at home where they are 43-28 on the season. Boston only has seven at home and six on the road. New York also faces an easier stretch playing opponents with a combined .487 win percentage compared to Boston’s .501.

Unlike the National League Wild Card, which is essentially down to four teams, the American League is wide open. Ten teams are mathematically still alive including the Oakland Athletics who are 17 games under .500. New York or Boston will likely take the top Wild Card slot with the Minnesota Twins currently holding down second. The Los Angeles Angels (2.0 games back), Seattle Mariners (4.5 games back), and the Kansas City Royals (5.0 games back) are giving chase.

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It will be tough for the Twins to hold on to the final spot with 10 of their final 13 games being on the road. First up for them is a three-game series in the Bronx. The Red Sox and Orioles also start a three-game series in Baltimore with much on the line for both teams. 

If the season were to end today, here is how the American League bracket would look:

Wild Card Round (Winner-take-all):

No. 5 Minnesota Twins (78-71) at No. 4 New York Yankees (82-67)

American League Divisional Series (Best-of-5):

No. 1 Cleveland Indians (93-57) vs. Wild Card Round Winner
No. 2 Houston Astros (91-58) vs. No. 3 Boston Red Sox (85-64)

Wild Card Race:

New York Yankees:     +4.0
Minnesota Twins:          ---
Los Angeles Angels:     -2.0
Seattle Mariners:         -4.5
Kansas City Royals:      -5.0
Texas Rangers:             -5.0
Baltimore Orioles:       -5.5
Tampa Bay Rays:          -5.5
Toronto Blue Jays:       -8.5
Oakland Athletics:      -12.0

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Nationals' Bryce Harper takes next step in recovery from knee injury

Nationals' Bryce Harper takes next step in recovery from knee injury

WASHINGTON-- Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper took swings during batting practice Sunday for the first time since hyperextending his left knee on Aug. 12.

Harper previously had taken cuts in the batting cage, but was on the field before the Nationals' series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His session included several shots deep into the stands at Nationals Park.

"Just trying to get out there and trying put the bat on the ball and just try to be as fluid as I can and try to get my swing back," said the 2015 NL MVP, who is second in the NL with a .326 batting average.

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"I hope so. That's definitely in my head," Harper said of a return goal. "That's what I want to do. That's where I want to be. But it takes time."

Harper remains second on Washington with 29 home runs this season despite missing 34 games.

He was injured at home against the Giants when he awkwardly landed on the slick first base bag during a game that was delayed by rain. Washington placed the All-Star on the disabled list the following day.

"It just happened. It's something I can't control," Harper said. "It definitely was a freak accident. We put it behind us as quick as possible and tried to get everything going as quick as we could. And then it was all behind me. I didn't really worry about it much."

The right fielder said he tested the knee Sunday running to first base. "Felt fine. Just super-easy. Just kind of jogging to first and trying to get the feel for it again. Running to first feels a lot more comfortable than running on the track. "

Harper said timing in the batter's box could be a process. If his return matches the start of the postseason, he'll have to adjust on the fly.

"It's definitely going to be a tough thing," Harper said. "If we play Chicago, I might be facing Jon Lester for my first at-bat in six weeks. That's a tough task. It's going to take some time. Hopefully, I can get back and get going a little sooner than later."

Harper was succinct with his biggest physical test remaining.

"Playing in a baseball game. That's going to be the biggest thing, getting in there and playing the game and feeling good," he said. "As long as I'm healthy, that's all I want."