Andre Ethier, Center Of Attention In Anaheim

ANAHEIM CA - JULY 12: National League All-Star Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

After 650 games in the majors, including 564 starts, Andre Ethier makes his first start in center field tonight, for the National League All-Star team. Ethier will bat seventh, and is joined in Anaheim by teammates Rafael Furcal, Hong-Chih Kuo, and Jonathan Broxton.

The last All-Star game won by the National League was all the way back in 1996. Mike Piazza of the Dodgers homered and doubled in his hometown of Philadelphia, and took home MVP honors. Teammate Todd Worrell pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

Game Time: 5pm

TV: Fox

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Ticket Deals

The Dodgers are offering $5 tickets for kids for the rest of the season:

As part of their commitment to providing the best family-friendly experience in Major League Baseball, the Dodgers announced today that starting July 19, kids 14 and under can attend a Dodger game for just $5 with the purchase of every adult ticket on the Field and Loge levels. Two hours prior to each home game, families can purchase up to  two $5 kids tickets per paying adult and sit in some of the best seats on the Field and Loge levels, including options behind home plate.

More information can be found at Dodgers.com/tickets and Dodgers.com/specials.

Thoughts On Steinbrenner

Several Dodgers offered their thoughts on Yankees owner Goerge Steinbrenner, who passed away this morning at the age of 80.

Tommy Lasorda:

George was a friend who I admired very much.  He was a giant in our game and he built an empire.  All he was was a winner.  He wanted to give the fans a winner, and that's exactly what he did.

Joe Torre:

I will always remember George Steinbrenner as a passionate man, a tough boss, a true visionary, a great humanitarian and a dear friend.  I will be forever grateful that he trusted me with his Yankees for 12 years. My heart goes out to his entire family. He will be deeply missed in New York , Tampa and throughout the world of baseball. It’s only fitting that he went out as a world champ.

Don Mattingly:

I am deeply saddened to hear the news of George Steinbrenner’s passing.  His vision, passion and commitment to winning, recharged the New York Yankees  and revolutionized the game.

I remember a man driven to succeed.   He was the owner, "The Boss" and number one fan of the Yankees.  Our relationship was built on mutual respect.  I will never forget and always be grateful for how he treated me and my family both during my playing days and after I retired.

I will miss him very much and extend my deepest condolences to his wife, Joan, and all the members of the Steinbrenner family.

Frank McCourt:

George Steinbrenner was the first owner to contact me to congratulate me when I purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers.  From that day forward we built a strong and meaningful friendship.  He was a larger than life owner who cared deeply about winning.  George helped shape the game of baseball during his incredible stewardship of the Yankees.  My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Joan and his four children, Hal, Hank, Jennifer and Jessica and the entire Steinbrenner family.

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