Let the Futures Game blogging begin


We are here at Yankee Stadium, where batting practice is over, the World team is taking infield and we’re only a few short hours from the celebrity softball game!

But seriously, first pitch of the Futures Game is about an hour away and Ben Badler and I are here in the press box to bring you all the action. John Manuel will be in the World team dugout, reporting on the goings-on there for XM Radio, so we hope to have a few dispatches from his as well.

Here are your starting lineups for today:


Player Pos. Org.
Ivan DeJesus 2B Dodgers
Elvis Andrus SS Rangers
Wilkin Ramirez LF Tigers
Pablo Sandoval 1B Giants
Luke Hughes 3B Twins
Scott Campbell DH Blue Jays
Fernando Martinez CF Mets
Welington Castillo C Cubs
Gorkys Hernandez RF Braves

Starting pitcher for the World will be Phillies righthander Carlos Carrasco, who is making his third appearance in the Futures Game.

United States

Player Pos. Org.
Andrew McCutchen LF Pirates
Cliff Pennington 2B Athletics
Mat Gamel 3B Brewers
Jamie D’Antona DH D’backs
Nate Schierholtz RF Giants
Matt LaPorta 1B Indians
Dexter Fowler CF Rockies
Lou Marson C Phillies
Jason Donald SS Phillies

Starting pitcher for the U.S. will be White Sox lefthander Clayton Richard.