NEW YORK - There will be no moment more special in Tuesday's 83d All-Star Game than when the door to the American League bullpen opens and baseball's greatest closer emerges.
The New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera has earned that moment.
"It would probably be the most beautiful thing in the world if we could somehow get a lead on the National League and play the ninth inning with the greatest closer of all time coming out of the bullpen," AL manager Jim Leyland said. "I assure you that would happen, but we need to get that lead first."
Because the American League is the visiting team at Citi Field, there will be no ninth inning for Rivera to pitch if the National League is ahead. In that instance, Leyland said, Rivera would pitch the eighth.