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La Russa, Leyland appoint staffs for the 78th All-Star Game

La Russa, Leyland appoint All-Star Game staffs

American League All-Star manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers and National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals have announced the on-field staffs that will accompany them to the 78th All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday, July 10th at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

La Russa has invited New York Mets manager Willie Randolph and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to serve as the N.L. coaches. La Russa's St. Louis coaching staff - pitching coach Dave Duncan, bullpen coach Marty Mason, first base coach Dave McKay, hitting coach Hal McRae, third base coach Jose Oquendo and bench coach Joe Pettini - will assist with batting practice and other field duties. The N.L. training staff will consist of Stan Conte, Director of Medical Services for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Dave Groeschner, Head Athletic Trainer for the Giants.

Leyland has asked Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington to join him as the A.L. coaches. The Detroit coaches - infield coach Rafael Belliard, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, bullpen coach Jeff Jones, third base coach Gene Lamont, hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and first base coach Andy Van Slyke - will serve on the manager's staff. Larry Davis, the Head Trainer of the Oakland Athletics, and Brian Ebel, the Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Baltimore Orioles, will attend to the A.L. All-Stars. In addition, Hall of Famer Al Kaline will be with the American Leaguers as a special guest of Leyland throughout All-Star festivities.

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The 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will determine home-field advantage in the 2007 World Series, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game in addition to its other live coverage from San Francisco. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of all festivities surrounding the 78th All-Star Game.

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