Yu Darvish has officially been announced as the starter for the Pacific League for Game 1 of the All-Star series. Darvish has been the starting pitcher for the PL three years running. Dicky Gonzalez will be the starter for the Central League.
Hayato Sakamoto will be leading off for the CL All-Stars in Game 1. Michihiro Ogasawara, Alex Ramirez, and Tony Blanco will likely anchor the middle of the line-up.
Jiji Press is reporting this line-up:
SS Sakamoto (YOM)
CF Aoki (YAK)
3B Ogasawara (YOM)
DH Ramirez (YOM)
LF Kanemoto (HAN)
1B Blanco (CHU)
RF Uchikawa (YOK)
C Abe (YOM)
2B Araki (CHU)
And the following pitchers will likely appear (in the order they are listed):
Gonzalez (YOM), Tateyama (YAK), Kawai (CHU), Miura (YOK), Yamaguchi (YOM), Chang-Yong Lim (YAK)
The Home Run Derby competition match-ups have been announced.
Game 1 @ Sapporo Dome (7/24)
- Michihiro Ogasawara (YOM) vs Takeya Nakamura (SEI)
- Atsunori Inaba (HAM) vs. Tony Blanco (CHU)
Game 2 @ MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima (7/25)
- Hiroyuki Nakajima (SEI) vs Kenta Kurihara (HIR)
- Takeya Nakamura (SEI) vs. Tony Blanco (CHU)
Nine NPB All-Stars, including Tadahito Iguchi, Kenta Kurihara, and Hirokazu Ibata, spent their Thursday planting Aodamo trees (used in making baseball bats) in a national forest in Hokkaido Tomakomai. The nine players, together with baseball players from Hokusei Gakuen University High School and Tomakomai Komazawa University, planted 200 trees in all.