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July 13, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Lincecum, Halladay to start All-Star Game

Greetings from St. Pujols, er Louis.

It’s official — Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay will start the All-Star Game. Lincecum is wearing a dark blue knit cap, causing press conference emcee Bob Costas to joke to Bill Giles, honorary president of NL and former owner of the Phillies, “It’s very similar to the one fashioned by Jim Bunning.

Lincecum, still mindful of having to miss last year’s game when he came up ill on game day, said, “The biggest thing for me is getting to the field…and getting on the field.”

He added, speaking of tonight, “I’m going to have (Giants teammate and fellow All-Star) Matt Cain put a leash around my neck and keep me in my room.”

Oh, Ichiro will start in right field for the American League and lead off. When he read off the lineups, American League manager Joe Maddon got a laugh when he followed the announcement of “Ichiro, right field” by saying, “And at shortstop, Derek.” He read off the entire AL lineup using first names. Maddon said that when he coached the Angels and they faced the Mariners, they would always send their lineups back with their leadoff man listed by first name, to tweak the M’s on listing “Ichiro.” He said he still does it in Tampa Bay, too.

Here are the lineups:

American League

Ichiro RF

Derek Jeter SS

Joe Mauer C

Mark Teixeira 1B

Jason Bay LF

Josh Hamilton CF

Evan Longoria 3B

Aaron Hill 2B

Roy Halladay P

I never really thought Felix Hernandez was going to start, even though he would have been on full rest. So is Halladay, and he gets the nod on the basis of career achievement. I have no beef with that, although Zach Greinke fans might gripe.

National League

Hanley Ramirez SS

Chase Utley 2B

Albert Pujols 1B

Ryan Braun RF

Raul Ibanez LF

David Wright 3B

Shane Victorino CF

Yadier Molina C

Tim Lincecum P

I’ve been unable to file this for an hour because of Internet issues. If you’re reading this, I succeeded. If you’re not reading this, well, that’s just weird.

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