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All-Star Game: Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Francisco Rodriguez and Alex Rodriguez

Greetings from Chase Field, one of my least favorite ballparks. it has the feel of a minor-league park, only without any of the charm.

Got plenty to do here, and we have the interminable Home Run Derby coming up in a couple of hours. I have to babysit that. So the news of the day...

--As anticipated, Derek Jeter's absence is a hot topic. Major League Baseball players are not pleased...

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Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Francisco Rodriguez, All-Star Game no-shows, Matt Harvey and Mike Piazza

Is it a social faux pas to produce a Spadafore-style entry at the site of the All-Star Game?

If so, you'd better report me to Miss Manners. We're using the dinner fork on the salad, ba-bee.

News: Alex Rodriguez elects to undergo surgery on his right knee, putting him out for four-to-six weeks.

Views: Not a surprise, given how badly A-Rod moved in his last few games and the words...

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