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Rosters to be revealed on All-Star selection show

AL, NL squads will be announced Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN before Rays face Tigers

Rosters to be revealed on All-Star selection show

Fourth of July weekend will have its grand finale on Sunday night, when the American League and National League rosters are revealed on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Millions of votes will continue to pour in between now and then, exclusively online and via mobile with the All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian, which closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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The 85th Midsummer Classic will be played on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it will be televised by FOX Sports. Starters and reserves will be announced on the selection show, which features ESPN's Karl Ravech, Hall of Famer Barry Larkin and Tim Kurkjian, and precedes the "Sunday Night Baseball" matchup between the Rays and Tigers.

The AL team will have nine elected starters via the ongoing fan balloting program, while the NL squad will have eight fan-elected starters. Many positions were still too close to call heading into the final week of voting.

Pitchers and reserves for both squads -- totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL -- will be determined through a combination of Player Ballot choices and selections made by All-Star managers Mike Matheny of the Cardinals and John Farrell of the Red Sox.

"It doesn't matter how often or how long it has been happening," Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, Major League Baseball's top overall vote-getter heading into the final week, said of the annual selection process. "I know it takes a lot of time and effort to vote online and at the stadiums and fill out ballots. So when people pay attention and they're following you, and they're showing that they are by voting for you, it's an unbelievable feeling."

Immediately after the rosters are announced, you can resume voting again as five candidates in each league are presented for 34th-man consideration with the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Now in its 13th season with more than 430 million votes cast, the Final Vote features unlimited voting on MLB.com, club sites and your mobile phone. Steve Delabar of Toronto and Freddie Freeman of Atlanta were last year's winners.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, you can vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and the fan voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

All-Star selections are important not only to the individuals chosen, but also to the chances of a subsequent World Series home-field advantage. For the last five consecutive years, the league that has won the All-Star Game has capitalized on that edge in winning the Fall Classic.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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