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Sports Open Line: MLB All-Star Coverage

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National Baseball Hall of Fame member Lou Brock (L) accepts the  Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award from Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City on July 9, 2012.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

National Baseball Hall of Fame member Lou Brock (L) accepts the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award from Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City on July 9, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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Kevin Wheeler, a 3-time record holder coming off the longest baseball game ever played, returns to the KMOX studio getting back to usual business. In kicking things off with 3 Strikes, he touches on the Cardinals and some topics regarding the MLB All-Star Game.

Will the Pittsburgh Pirates be in the hunt for a playoff spot after a couple more months in the NL Central Division? Can anyone challenge the New York Yankees in the AL East Division? Kevin gives his opinion while handicapping the second half of the 2012 MLB season.

KMOX Sports Director Tom Ackerman has been covering the 2012 All-Star Game all day beginning with Total Information AM, which begins at 5:00am. From Kansas City in the Kauffman Stadium press box still working, he joined Kevin to talk about his exciting, long day.

Monday morning, Cardinals Hall of Fame member Lou Brock received the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City where KMOX has set up headquarters for coverage of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. Lou took some time to speak with Tom Ackerman.

Now a 7-time All-Star in his career, Cardinals’ outfielder Carlos Beltran prepared most of the day for the 2012 Home Run Derby. Tom Ackerman got Carlos’ thoughts about the experience so far returning to the city where his career began.

Voted in by the fans last week, St. Louis native David Freese will make his first All-Star Game appearance in Kansas City. Tom Ackerman caught up with the 2011 NLCS & World Series MVP.

The last player from the Cardinals to make the National League club was outfielder Matt Holliday. Now a 6-time All-Star plus third as since joining the Redbirds, the recent hot hitter spoke with Tom Ackerman.

Making their first All-Star Game appearance will be starting pitcher Lance Lynn. At 11-4 over 17 starts this season, Lynn remains one of the biggest reasons for the Redbird’s position at the half way point. Tom Ackerman got a moment with the big right-hander.

Now a 6-time All-Star Game manager after leading the Cardinals to a memorable eleventh World Series title, future Hall of Fame skipper Tony La Russa will be in a dugout making decisions one last time. Tom Ackerman had a moment to speak with the former Redbird’s manager.

To have more discussion about what may be seen in the second half of the 2012 MLB season, Kevin spoke with Grant Paulsen, host of CBS Washington DC and MLB Radio Network.

Back in the ‘Show Me State’ now as a 3-time All-Star, Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers and formerly of the Missouri Tigers joined Tom Ackerman to talk about his experience and his opinion of Mizzou joining the SEC.

Now with the Los Angeles Angels as a 2-time All-Star, Tom Ackerman caught up with starting pitcher C.J. Wilson, who had quite the impression of Albert Pujols.

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