ANAHEIM -- With the All-Star Game fast approaching, Orioles manager Buck Showalter -- who has been on both sides as a television analyst and as 1995's American League manager -- said Sunday he will tune in to watch his players: catcher Matt Wieters, center fielder Adam Jones and closer Jim Johnson. "It will be with the sound off," Showalter said. "I'm not a big [fan of] the Home Run Derby thing, it's for the fans. I'll probably flip it on, but I won't do the pregame, because I've been part of the pregame for ESPN. It's a great event. "My gosh, it's still the best All-Star Game in all sports. They do a great job for the fans. It's a very fan-friendly event. And it's important. I hope it's important for us."
Showalter's club has more than one All-Star for the first time since 2005, with Baltimore set to close the first half in second place in the AL East, marking just the second time since 1998 they've had a winning record prior to the break. The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10, with MLB.com featuring extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities. The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.