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The 2013 MLB All-Star Game may decide whether the AL or NL receives home field advantage in the World Series, but there was a bigger story that night. At least, for us Yankees fans. Mariano Rivera jogged out of the bullpen in the 8th inning (a decision by AL manager Jim Leyland to make sure he would make it into the game) to a stirring tribute. Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared through the stadium, as a rousing applause and standing ovation came from both the players and fans to one of the game’s greatest players. Rivera tipped his cap graciously to the crowd and his fellow all-stars, giving everyone a memory that they will never forget. Mariano proceeded to toss a 1-2-3 8th inning and the American League went onto win the game 3-0. To top it off, Rivera received the All-Star Game MVP Award, becoming the first reliever to ever receive that honor. Mariano delivered a speech at the end of the game, thanking the fans and stated, “You guys almost made me cry.”

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"The Boss" is often found observing spring training up close, bat in hand.Here are a couple of notes I thought you should know about:

Derek Jeter will have Bob Sheppard’s recorded voice introduce him tonight at the All-Star Game. “It’s a great idea,” Jeter said. “He deserves it.”

Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reported that Major League Baseball will have a moment of silence for Steinbrenner before tonight’s All-Star Game. Flags are also being flown at half staff in his honor.

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American League vs National League

Pitching Matchup

RHP Ubaldo Jiménez (15-1, 2.20) vs LHP David Price (12-4, 2.42)

Lineup

American League

Ichiro Suzuki RF, Derek Jeter SS, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Josh Hamilton CF, Vladimir Guerrero DH, Evan Longoria 3B, Joe Mauer C, Robinson Cano 2B, Carl Crawford LF

National League

Hanley Ramirez SS, Martin Prado 2B, Albert Pujols 1B, Ryan Howard DH, David Wright 3B, Ryan Braun LF, Andre, Ethier CF, Corey Hart RF, Yadier Molina C

The game will take place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. It’s slated to start at 8PM ET. The game is being televised on FOX. Enjoy the game.

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Here are some terrific photos (all courtesy of Getty Images) of the New York Yankees players out in Anaheim during this All-Star break.

  American League All-Star Andy Pettitte #46 Of The New York Yankees (R) And Son Luke Pettitte

  American League All-Star Phil Hughes #65 Of The New York Yankees Looks

  American League All-Star Coach Joe Girardi Of The New York Yankees Looks

  American League All-Star Nick Swisher #33 Of The New York Yankees Talks

  (L-R) American League All-Star Andy Pettitte #46 Of The New York Yankees Stands

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From Sweeny Murti of WFAN (Via Twitter):

“Nick Swisher will compete in HR Derby.”

I guess the Yankees aren’t worried about Swisher’s swing..only Cano’s. Chris Young was also a late addition to the contest, according to Chad Jennings. This will be the Yankees first representative in the derby since Jason Giambi competed back in 2003. Now, Yankees fans will have a reason to tune in.

Update: 7:30PM ET: According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, Swisher contacted Girardi, Long and Cashman before afreeing to participate in the derby.

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This year’s All-Star Game is now being called “Challenge the Yankees”….just like the card game from the 1960’s! Think about it…the whole American League roster is filled with New York Yankees.

Joe Girardi, Dave Eiland, Mike Harkey, Mick Kelleher, Kevin Long, Tony Peña, Rob Thompson, Nick Swisher, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez are all headed to the Midsummer Classic in Anaheim, California. With the possibility of Cliff Lee landing on the Yankees, the roster could consist of 15 people associated with the New York Yankees organization. And this list doesn’t even include Mariano Rivera..think about that!

National League vs The Bronx Bombers…are you ready?

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This just in from Jack Curry (Via Twitter):

“Nick Swisher has won the last man All Star vote over Youkilis. it was closest vote ever”

Congrats to Swish! This is his first All-Star Game selection of his career.

Update: 6:27PM ET: From Mark Newman of MLB.com

Swisher, the Yankees’ right-fielder and social-media titan, held off Kevin Youkilis of the rival Red Sox in the closest race in the nine-year history of the Final Vote to claim the 34th and final spot on the All-Star roster with a final tally of 9.8 million votes. Swisher and Youkilis were followed by Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Michael Young of the Rangers and Delmon Young of the Twins.

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Swisher had the all-time campaigning day in Final Vote history on Wednesday, par none. Using baseball’s most-followed Twitter account (1,220,890 followers) to his advantage, he sought out and got endorsements from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, actress Jessica Alba and “The Apprentice” co-star Ivanka Trump (among others). Then that night he was a triple shy of the cycle in leading the Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Athletics.

On Thursday morning, it was announced that he held a narrow lead in a “virtual tie” with Youkilis. It didn’t take Swisher long to tweet another kick in the rear to voters. He typed: “We’re in the final stretch. Can’t thank yall enough for your support. Let’s finish strong!” And naturally he used the #SENDSWISH hashtag so that as many fans as possible could find his tweet, along with a link to the ballot.

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Nick Swisher took the lead over Kevin Youkilis yesterday in the balloting, and he hopes it stays that way. This is just a slim lead, so it’s not over just yet. The Yankees are requesting that all fans vote 33 times at 3:30PM for Nick Swisher to be the All-Star Game Final Vote. It’s called “Mission #33”. It seems like a plan to me. Of course, that’s not saying you can’t vote 333 times before then, too (it’s an unlimited ballot). Voting ends in just a few hours, so be sure to cast your votes before it’s too late!

Vote Here! –> Send Swish

Voting Ends today at 4PM ET 

Everybody’s Doing It! (Photos Via Yankees PR & Andrew Donovan of NBC News)

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Mariano Rivera won’t be joining his teammates in Anaheim, California, as he just pulled himself out of the All-Star Game. “I’ve been pitching hurt,” Mariano said. Rivera has been battling side and knee injuries, but says he still wants to pitch this week. That’s a bit weird. If it was a serious injury, you would figure that the Yankees would put him on the DL.

This is from Marc Carig of the The Star-Ledger:

“Rivera has been battling a lingering oblique injury. But he also made public for the first time a right knee injury that has made it difficult to push off.

Though his performance hasn’t been impacted, Rivera said the extra rest was needed.

He also said that his appearances will be limited to one-inning stints between now and the All-Star break. Rivera said he injured his knee while shagging balls in the outfield.”

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From the Yankees Official Website:

OAKLAND — Andy Pettitte walked out of Yankee Stadium on Sunday expecting that he’d at some point be named an All-Star. As he climbed a mound for his scheduled bullpen session a coast away the next afternoon, he knew for sure.

Pettitte was added to the American League pitching staff for the July 13 All-Star Game at Angel Stadium on Monday, replacing hurler Clay Buchholz, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox. Pettitte’s name was next on the player vote list, automatically bumping him up to the roster.

“It’s awesome. I’m excited to go,” Pettitte said. “I’m excited to be voted by my peers. I’m glad I don’t have to wait until Sunday.”

It’s good to know that Andy finally has that permanent spot on the roster, and not worry if Girardi would be added or not. Good for him. If it were up to me, he would be starting the game.

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Do you want Nick Swisher on this years American League All-Star team? He’s seeking his first All-Star birth and he needs your help. If you want him on the team…Vote Swisher on the American League final vote ballot. Voting ends on Thursday at 4PM.

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