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MLB All-Star Game Betting Can Begin With Rosters Announced

The Major League Baseball all-star game is just over a week away, and that means that gamblers have started to check out possible betting odds. As is the case with most major sports all-star games, the game will be close to a pick 'em, and on Sunday, gamblers learned which players will be participating.

The all-star rosters were announced by MLB Sunday afternoon, with the Yankees and Red Sox filling out a majority of the starting American league team. Of the nine position players chosen by the fans, six play for either New York or Boston. Alex Avila, Jose Bautista, and Josh Hamilton were the only non-Yankees or Red Sox in the starting lineup.

Up until last year, the American League had dominated the mid-summer classic. This season, the National league will look to make it two in a row over their rivals, and in the process, gain home field advantage in the World Series. The move to make the game mean something was controversial, but has proven effective in keeping the game competitive.

For the National League, three Milwaukee Brewers will be in the starting lineup. Prince Fielder, Ricky Weeks, and Ryan Braun, all were voted in by fans. Jose Reyes returns to the game after missing last year due to injury. Reyes has arguably been the best player in baseball through the first half of the season.

For gamblers, the home run derby is even more of an attraction than the game itself. This year, all that is currently known about the home run derby is that David Ortiz and Fielder will be the captains of their respective squads. The captains will be saddled with the responsibility of convincing three of their fellow league members to join them in the derby.

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