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Mother Nature not expected at ASG

Mother Nature not expected at ASG

DETROIT -- There's a 2-in-10 chance of an appearance from a celebrity that the MLB 2005 All-Star Game doesn't need.

The remnants of Hurricane Dennis, the scourge of the East Coast and the U.S. Southeast over the weekend, have formed a depression that is dumping rain on the middle of the country.

Tom Moore, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said his computer readings at midday on Monday indicated the rain should reach Toledo, roughly 50 miles south of Detroit, by the time of the first pitch. Airtime for the FOX Sports telecast is 8 p.m. EDT, and the game will start after introductions, ceremonies and anthems.

With the rain so close, Moore put the chance of isolated thunderstorms affecting the game at 20 percent. That's double the chance listed on morning forecasts on The Weather Channel's Web site, www.weather.com.

"It's going to be a warm evening, with temperatures in the 80s," Moore said in a phone interview from The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta. "I wish I could come out and say 100 percent that there's no chance of showers. If all stays the same it should be OK, but if the storm shifts 50 miles to the north then there will be rain."

The skies have been kind to the All-Star Game for the past 35 years. The 1969 game in Washington was postponed because of rain -- the only complete rainout in All-Star history. The 1952 contest at Philadelphia's Shibe Park was called after five innings with the National League leading, 5-2. The 1961 game at Boston's Fenway Park was called after nine innings with the score tied, 1-1.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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