All-Star rosters announced

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The rosters for the 80th Midsummer Classic were just released. Here’s a breakdown of the two squads.

National League:

Starters: Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Hanley Ramirez, David Wright, Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Beltran

Reserves: Brian McCann, Prince
Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez, Ryan Howard, Orlando Hudson, Freddy Sanchez,
Miguel Tejada, Ryan Zimmerman, Brad Hawpe, Hunter Pence, Justin Upton

Pitchers: Heath Bell, Chad
Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Cain, Francisco Cordero, Ryan
Franklin, Dan Haren, Josh Johnson, Ted Lilly, Tim Lincecum, Jason
Marquis, Francisco Rodriguez, Johan Santana

American League:

Starters: Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, Dustin Pedroia, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Jason Bay, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton

Reserves: Victor Martinez,
Justin Morneau, Kevin Youkilis, Aaron Hill, Jason Bartlett, Michael
Young, Carl Crawford, Curtis Granderson, Torii Hunter, Adam Jones, Ben
Zobrist

Pitchers: Andrew Bailey, Josh
Beckett, Mark Buehrle, Brian Fuentes, Zack Greinke, Roy Halladay, Felix
Hernandez, Edwin Jackson, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Mariano
Rivera, Justin Verlander, Tim Wakefield

Anybody you think got snubbed? Vote in our poll.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.