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All-Star Monday

Atat_6 SAN FRANCISCO -- The game isn't until Tuesday night but All-Star festivities really heat up today as the players and coaches hit town to meet the media and stage tonight's Home Run Derby in AT&T Park. As you can see here (click for bigger image), workers spent the weekend putting floating barriers in McCovey Cove to limit the number of boats that will be out there for tonight's derby and you actually needed to preregister your vessel -- non-motorized only -- to get a spot in the drink!

Today's schedule begins downtown in a few hours with press conferences in the opulent Westin St. Francis hotel. Managers Jim Leyland and Tony LaRussa will announce their lineups and starting pitchers so check back here and I should have the information posted (in the year 2007, let's assume a major hotel ballroom will have wireless Internet access!). It's expected that we will hear from Barry Bonds during that session as well.

Then it's off to another ballroom for 60-minute mob scenes with each team. This is quite a stampede when the doors open. Past experience has shown to watch out for the Latin American media, who will trample you quickly while trying to get near the likes of Pudge and Big Papi.

The Home Run Derby begins at 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. More on that later.

---Mike Harrington

(Photo: Associated Press)

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