|Projected All-Star starters for the National League are shown in these 2005 file photos|
This year's so-called Summer Classic has a new look with 22 first-time All-Stars. Rather than perennial starters like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey Junior, this year's game includes Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs and Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles, who lead the National and American Leagues in batting average.
In all, more than half of the combined starting line-up is comprised of players making their first All-Star starts. They include the starting pitchers Chris Carpenter of the Saint Louis Cardinals and Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox.
The Cardinals have four players in the National League's starting lineup, and would have had five if third baseman Scott Rolen had not pulled out with a shoulder injury. The American League's Boston Red Sox, who swept Saint Louis in last year's World Series, also have four starters.
The league that wins the All-Star Game gets home-field advantage in the World Series. The American League has won the last seven All-Star games played to a decision. The 2002 All-Star Game was declared a tie [7-7] by Commissioner Bud Selig.
Some information for this report provided by AP.