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Friday, May 31, 2013

Fielder, Verlander part of new MLB All-Star Game spot

Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander — who between them have a combined nine All-Star Game appearances — star in a new advertisement promoting this year's game, much like the Opening Day ad illustrating why they and others play.

For Verlander, it's "for home-field advantage." For Fielder, it's "to become baseball royalty."

The ad, which will debut this week on ESPN, Fox, TBS and MLB Network, also includes Jose Bautista, Robinson Cano, Bryce Harper, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Adam Jones, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, David Price, Mike Trout and David Wright. This year's All-Star Game will be at New York's Citi Field on July 16.

Tigers skipper Jim Leyland will manage the American League squad this season.

Last year, both Verlander and Fielder were starters for the American League All-Star team, while Miguel Cabrera was a reserve. The Tigers placed five on the 2011 AL All-Star team, with only Alex Avila earning the starting nod.


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