George Springer, Christian Yelich leading off All-Star lineups

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We learned earlier this afternoon that Justin Verlander and Hyun-Jin Ryu will start the All-Star Game on the mound. Now we learn that George Springer and Christian Yelich will lead off. Here are the lineups:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. George Springer, Astros RF
2. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees, 2B
3. Mike Trout, Angels, CF
4. Carlos Santana, Indians, 1B
5. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox, DH
6. Alex Bregman, Astros, 3B
7. Gary Sánchez, Yankees, C
8. Michael Brantley, Astros, LF
9. Jorge Polanco, Twins, SS

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Christian Yelich, Brewers, LF
2. Javier Báez, Cubs, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, Braves 1B
4. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers, RF
5. Nolan Arenado, Rockies, 3B
6. Josh Bell, Pirates DH
7. Willson Contreras, Cubs, C
8. Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks 2B
9. Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves CF

As is the case with the pitchers, the starters are less likely to decide the game than the reserves. Here is a link to the entire roster for both squads, bench guys included.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.