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Motor City sounds on All-Star Sunday

Motor City sounds on All-Star Sunday

DETROIT -- The Motor City will supply the soundtrack as Cooperstown meets Hollywood on Taco Bell All-Star Sunday.

Detroit acts The Romantics and Uncle Kracker will perform during the XM Satellite Radio Futures Game and the Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Comerica Park. All-Star Sunday represents the midpoint of the All-Star festivities, which begin at Detroit's Cobo Center on July 8 with John Hancock FanFest and culminate in the 76th edition of the Midsummer Classic on July 12.

Powerpop combo The Romantics, best known for the 1979 hit "What I Like About You," will play a 30-minute set before the Futures Game, which showcases baseball's high-ceiling prospects.

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Pitching studs Justin Verlander and Joel Zumaya from the Detroit system are expected to suit up, as is Tampa Bay prospect Delmon Young, the first overall pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and the younger brother of Tigers first baseman/designated hitter Dmitri Young.

In recent years, the contest has provided glimpses of future All-Stars. Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Alfonso Soriano and Hank Blalock all participated before rising to prominence in the big leagues.

After the exhibition, DJ-turned-rocker Uncle Kracker will perform two songs on the field before yielding the stage to the Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

Celebrities scheduled to play in the contest include the Detroit Red Wings' Chris Chelios, actor Billy Bob Thornton, Richard Schiff of "The West Wing," "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard and a trio of Olympic gold medalists: swimmer Amanda Beard and softball players Jennie Finch and Lovie Jung.

On the Legends side, Ernie Banks, Bo Jackson, Ozzie Smith, Rollie Fingers, Dave Winfield and Andre Dawson will be among those suiting up. Former Tigers Willie Horton, Lou Whitaker, Guillermo (Willie) Hernandez and Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, as well as University of Michigan standouts Chris Webber and Jim Abbott, will serve as local representatives.

The All-Star Sunday gates open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased by visiting the Comerica Park box office, detroittigers.com or Ticketmaster, or by calling (248) 25-TIGER.

Patrick Mooney is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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