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MLB All-Star Game rosters?

The rosters for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game are set, with leading vote-getters Jose Bautista (American League) and Troy Tulowitzki (National League) among the many players headed to the July 15 contest in Minneapolis. Of course, not all selections were without controversy; Nelson Cruz made the team less than a year after his 50-game suspension, while Derek Jeter received a farewell start at AL shortstop. What is your take on the teams?

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  • Do you have a problem with Nelson Cruz being voted an All-Star starter a year after his 50-game suspension following the Biogenesis investigation?

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      46%
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      54%

    Discuss (Total votes: 44,426)

  • Do you have a problem with fans voting Derek Jeter to start at shortstop for the American League?

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      33%
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      67%

    Discuss (Total votes: 53,527)

  • Which American League All-Star reserves most deserved to be voted a starter?

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      8%
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      42%
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      24%
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      11%
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      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 45,018)

  • Which National League All-Star reserve most deserved to be voted a starter?

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      16%
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      13%
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      49%
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      22%

    Discuss (Total votes: 45,743)

  • Who should be the AL starting pitcher at the All-Star Game?

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      60%
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      25%
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      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,559)

  • Who should be the NL starting pitcher at the All-Star Game?

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      11%
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      74%
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      12%
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      3%

    Discuss (Total votes: 16,509)

  • Who gets your American League Final Man Vote?

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      9%
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      12%
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      14%
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      18%
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      47%

    Discuss (Total votes: 37,587)

  • Who gets your National League Final Man Vote?

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      9%
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      24%
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      22%
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      12%
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      33%

    Discuss (Total votes: 38,007)

  • How would you grade the way the fans, players and manager picked the American League All-Star team?

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      11%
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      48%
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      28%
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      7%
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      6%

    Discuss (Total votes: 13,228)

  • How would you grade the way the fans, players and manager picked the National League All-Star team?

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      14%
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      45%
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      27%
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      6%
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      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,756)

  • Which team will win the All-Star Game?

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      57%
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      43%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,787)

  • Should the MLB All-Star Game determine home-field advantage in the World Series?

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      46%
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      54%

    Discuss (Total votes: 15,253)

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NBA free agency predictions?

NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?

  • Where will LeBron James play next season?

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      37%
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      48%
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      15%

    Discuss (Total votes: 256,590)

  • Where will Chris Bosh play next season?

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      29%
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      62%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 60,344)

  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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      22%
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      39%
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      31%
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      8%

    Discuss (Total votes: 157,700)

  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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      21%
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      44%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 81,228)

  • Which is more likely to happen?

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      39%
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      61%

    Discuss (Total votes: 96,642)

  • Which team would be the best fit for Lance Stephenson?

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      32%
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      31%
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      37%

    Discuss (Total votes: 52,454)

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Ah, summer basketball, when pros can cast off the shackles of restrictive NBA offenses and flaunt their insane moves.

The latest highlight wizard: Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten, who absolutely fooled his defender at the Seattle Basketball Pro Am with a sick Shammgod crossover (named, of course, for NYC playground legend and former Washington Wizards guard God Shammgod).

Video courtesy of BallIsLife.com

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Remember when Cavs owner Dan Gilbert sent a letter to Cleveland fans calling LeBron's decision a "shameful display of selfishness and betrayal"? When he promised supporters that any town LeBron played for would own a "dreaded spell and bad karma" until he did right by Ohio? Well, Gilbert's message was removed from the team's website Monday after being accessible for four years.

Here's what Gilbert's Comic Sans crackdown looked like:

Dan Gilbert Letter To LeBron JamesCourtesy TheMarySue.com

Could it be a sign of a softening relationship between King James and his hometown kingdom? For more on LeBron's reported interested in Cleveland's free-agency pitch, read Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein's take.

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Jeff Samardzija has probably dealt with people misspelling and mispronouncing his name incorrectly for his entire life. It's helpful in weeding out telemarketers, but otherwise not a lot of fun. Samardzija's trade to the Oakland A's is going to make his name a lot more prominent, as he proved when he gave up one run in seven innings in his debut:

Of course, fans in Oakland haven't had time to properly learn how to spell "Samardzija" yet, as evidenced by this sign:

SamardzijaCSN Bay Area

As nicknames go, "Shark" is a pretty good one. Easy to spell, too.

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