Tonight, we will be tuning in to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game online, eagerly anticipating whether the American League's reign of dominance will persist. Taking the mound for the AL is the formidable Gerrit Cole, the ace of the New York Yankees, boasting an impressive record of 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA this season. On the other side, Zac Gallen of the Arizona Diamondbacks will oppose Cole, carrying an impressive 11-3 record and a 3.04 ERA for the NL.
While Cole has made five previous appearances in the mid-season event, this marks his first time as a starting pitcher. Gallen, with his league-leading 11 wins, holds the hopes of the NL faithful, aiming to set the right tone for his team.
The American League representatives have emerged victorious in the past nine All-Star Games, setting an imposing precedent. Managing the AL squad is Dusty Baker, the skipper of the Houston Astros, while the NL team is under the guidance of Rob Thomson from the Philadelphia Phillies.
If the American League secures another win tonight, they will be only one game away from matching the National League's record of consecutive victories, achieved from 1972 to 1982.
Here's all the essential information on how to catch the 2023 MLB All-Star Game, including some excellent alternatives to cable TV.
For cable subscribers, watching the MLB All-Star Game is a breeze. FOX's coverage begins on Tuesday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Cutting the cord? Fear not, as you can still enjoy the game with ESPN available on Sling TV Blue ($40 per month, with a $15 starting fee) and fubo ($75 per month, offering a 7-day free trial) - two of the top cable TV alternatives.
FOX can also be accessed through YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and DirecTV Stream. However, MLB Network is exclusively available on DirecTV Stream's plans priced at $100 and above.
Fubo: Known as one of the premier streaming services with ESPN and numerous channels offering live MLB streams, Fubo stands as one of the top overall streaming options. Say goodbye to cable by taking advantage of their 7-day free trial, eliminating the need for upfront payment.
One of the most appealing choices for watching nationally-broadcast MLB action is the Sling TV Blue + Orange package, starting at $55. Opting for only one half of the package ($40 per month) may result in missing out on major networks such as ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports, and TBS. For an additional $10 per month, you can add the MLB Network to your subscription, along with ESPNEWS, NBA TV, the NHL Network, and more. Local FOX and NBC affiliates are included as well.
Dusty Baker, the manager of the defending World Series champions, the Houston Astros, will be aiming to guide the AL to an unprecedented tenth consecutive All-Star Game victory. This feat would secure the longest winning streak since the NL's remarkable 11-year reign from 1972 to 1982. Baker, who previously managed the NL in 2003 after leading the Giants to the 2002 World Series, holds the distinction of being the first All-Star Game manager not associated with the team he led to the World Series the previous year. He also managed the AL in 2022.
On the NL side, Rob Thomson, the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, will assume the helm in his first full season as a big-league manager. Taking over from Joe Girardi last June, Thomson orchestrated an immediate turnaround for the team, resulting in an NL pennant. The NL has not tasted All-Star Game victory since 2012 when they prevailed with an impressive 8-0 win at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium. Melky Cabrera, then with the Giants, secured the MVP honors after going 2 for 3 with a home run and 2 RBI. Justin Verlander, representing the AL and playing for the Tigers at the time, endured a rough start, surrendering five runs in the first inning.
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