The best players from Major League Baseball's American and National Leagues meet Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh for the 77th edition of the All-Star Game (8 PM EDT).
The American Leaguers will be trying to continue their recent dominance in the Mid-Summer Classic. They have won every match-up but one since 1996. The only break in the winning streak came in 2002, when Commissioner Bud Selig declared a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams had run out of pitchers.
In past years the teams just played for pride. But that changed in 2003, when the league winning the All-Star Game was awarded home-field advantage for that season's World Series.
The teams are coached by last season's World Series managers - Ozzie Guillen of the American League champion Chicago White Sox and Phil Garner of the National League's Houston Astros. Guillen has named Detroit Tigers' pitcher Kenny Rogers as his starting pitcher, while Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brad Penny will be on the mound for the National League.
The White Sox have a team-topping seven players on the American League roster, although, in a strange twist, none of them will be starters. The New York Mets lead the National League squad with six members.
In addition to its recent domination at the All-Star Game, the American League holds a wide advantage in inter-league play this season, finishing with a record of 154-98.
But the National League holds the all-time All-Star Game advantage with 41 wins, 33 losses and two ties. In addition, the Senior Circuit (NL) has won all four All-Star Games played in Pittsburgh (1944, 1959, 1974, 1994).