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Ceremonies about to begin

SAN FRANCISCO -- There's a little under an hour to go before the first pitch of the 78th All-Star Game (thanks to Fox for that deadline-busting 8:42 p.m. start) and we're getting set for pregame ceremonies here at AT&T Park. A tribute to Giants legend Willie Mays is planned, with Mays and current Giants hero Barry Bonds certainly going to get the biggest ovations from the crowd. The stands are already just about packed.

It was bright and sunny for yesterday's Home Run Derby but this is a mostly cloudy afternoon in the Bay Area. There is less wind than yesterday and the temperature is in the high 60s. Yet to don any jackets or sweaters but, six rows from the top of the upper deck, you gotta be prepared!

Follow the game in the Inside Pitch blog. The goal is to give you some new snippets every 10 minutes or so. Remember: Hit refresh often and click "Main" at the top left of the blog to see all the posts scrolled rather than just the current one. And cut me some slack if the blog goes dark at the end of the game for a while while I run downstairs for postgame interviews and put together the story for tomorrow's paper.

Now, a refresher on tonight's starting lineups:

AL                                            NL

Ichiro Suzuki, cf                      Jose Reyes, ss

Derek Jeter, ss                       some guy named Bonds, lf

David Ortiz, 1b                       Carlos Beltran, cf

Alex Rodriguez, 3b                 Ken Griffey Jr., rf

Vladimir Guerrero, rf              David Wright, 3b

Magglio Ordonez, lf                Prince Fielder, 1b

Ivan Rodriguez, c                   Russell Martin, c

Placido Polanco, 2b                Chase Utley, 2b

Dan Haren, p                         Jake Peavy, p

---Mike Harrington

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