Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

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Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in:

The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Starters

C Mike Napoli
1B Prince Fielder
2B Robinson Cano
3B Adrian Beltre
SS Derek Jeter
OF Josh Hamilton
OF Curtis Granderson
OF Jose Bautista
DH David Ortiz

Pitching Staff

LHP Matt Harrison
RHP Felix Hernandez
RHP Justin Verlander
LHP CC Sabathia
LHP C.J. Wilson
RHP Jered Weaver
LHP Chris Sale
LHP David Price
RHP Joe Nathan
RHP Ryan Cook
RHP Jim Johnson
RHP Chris Perez
RHP Fernando Rodney

Reserves

OF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
DH Adam Dunn
1B Paul Konerko
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Miguel Cabrera
DH Billy Butler
OF Mike Trout
OF Mark Trumbo
C Joe Mauer
SS Elvis Andrus
2B Ian Kinsler

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Starters

C Buster Posey
1B Joey Votto
2B Dan Uggla
3B Pablo Sandoval
SS Rafael Furcal
OF Matt Kemp
OF Carlos Beltran
OF Melky Cabrera

Pitching Staff

RHP Clayton Kershaw
LHP Gio Gonzalez
RHP Stephen Strasburg
LHP Cole Hamels
LHP Wade Miley
RHP R.A. Dickey
RHP Lance Lynn
RHP Matt Cain
RHP Craig Kimbrel
LHP Aroldis Chapman
RHP Jonathan Papelbon
RHP Joel Hanrahan
RHP Huston Street

Reserves

SS Starlin Castro
1B Bryan LaHair
OF Jay Bruce
OF Carlos Gonzalez
2B Jose Altuve
OF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Ryan Braun
3B David Wright
C Carlos Ruiz
OF Andrew McCutchen
C Yadier Molina
SS Ian Desmond

Red Sox look to punch their ticket to the World Series tonight

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Thanks to some amazing defense, some big hits and — to continue to beat this horse, a bad call by Joe West — the Red Sox have a 3-1 lead in the ALCS and look to clinch the AL Pennant tonight down in Houston.

If you believe in momentum, you’d have to say it’s on Boston’s side. If you believe that momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher, however, you’d have to say things favor Houston more than the standing of the series would suggest. All of which makes me wish Game 5 was starting right now, because it figures to be a tense and exciting affair.

ALCS Game 5

Red Sox vs. Astros
Ballpark: Minute Maid Park
Time: 8:09 PM Eastern
TV: TBS
Pitchers: David Price vs. Justin Verlander
Breakdown:

If someone told you that you had to win one baseball game against the Martians to save the human race, you could do far worse than calling on Justin Verlander to be your starting pitcher. Among the pitchers still in the postseason, he’d almost certainly be your choice right now.

Does Verlander himself appreciate the situation? This is what he said about that yesterday:

“I mean, these are all must-win games at this point. Every time you take the mound I don’t think there’s any difference whether it’s 2-2 or 3-1.”

Look, we’re asking him to beat the Martians here, not win the National Math Bee, so let’s let that go. The point is that after all of these years he’s still one of the most dominant pitchers in the game and after the exhausting, see-saw battle of Game 4, he stands the best chance of giving Houston what it needs: a quick, quiet and drama-free win.

Not that the Red Sox are likely to roll over for that. They didn’t the first time they faced Verlander in this series. They Astros won, yes, and Verlander limited them to two runs on two hits. But he also issued four walks and wasn’t his sharpest overall. Boston didn’t capitalize on his mistakes as best they could, but he’s not invincible.

For Boston it’s David Price. He allowed four runs on five hits and four walks over four and two-thirds innings in Game 2, not factoring in the decision. That’s not great, but given the talk leading up to that game being all about how Price is a postseason flop, the fact that the Sox won it in the end had to bouy him at least a little. As does the fact that, here, tonight, it’s not 100% on his shoulders. Sure, the Sox want to close this out, but with a 3-1 lead there is less pressure on Price than on his former teammate Verlander. Worth noting, though: Price is on short rest and warmed up in the bullpen last night in case he was needed to bail out Craig Kimbrel. He may not go deep into this game.