A rose garden planted in tribute to former Cincinnati Reds baseball player Pete Rose is seen outside outside Great American Ball Park, Monday, July 13, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Reds, hosting the All-Star Game for the first time since 1988, celebrate their
John Minchillo
July 13, 2015

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:



Angels dynamo Mike Trout steps in against Dodgers ace Zack Greinke to start the All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The National League leads the all-time series 43-40, with two ties. The American League is trying for its third straight win - the last NL victory came in 2012, when Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was a mid-game substitute. Now playing for the Astros in the AL, Altuve is in the starting lineup.


The loudest and longest cheer on All-Star night could come well before the first pitch. That's when Pete Rose is set to walk onto the diamond as part of a Major League Baseball promotion honoring four greats from each franchise. Still beloved in his hometown, the 74-year-old banned career hits leader says ''just to be able to come out from behind home plate onto the field will be a big honor for me.'' No telling for sure, but the ovation Rose draws in Cincinnati could be thunderous.


The average time of a nine-inning game before the All-Star break was 2 hours, 53 minutes, according to STATS - that's down from 3:02 for the first half of last season. If the current average remains the same in the second half, 2015 would mark the shortest since 2:52 in 2011. The last five All-Star Games, by the way, have averaged 3:01.

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