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In just a few short days we’ll be in the thick of MLB’s All-Star week festivities watching the best of the best compete at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. While the real game isn’t until Tuesday evening, there are plenty of great events going on throughout the weekend to get fans excited about the All-Star game. Here’s a rundown of everything you can expect to see during All-Star weekend and where and when you can expect to see it.

The Game

How To Watch – Coverage of the 86th MLB All-Star game will begin on FOX Tuesday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET

What To Look For – The MLB All-Star game is unique in that the game actually matters. Since 2003, the winning side between the American League and the National League has been awarded home field advantage in that year’s World Series.

This year’s game will be particularly excited as it features a ton of young talent and even more first year All-Star selections. This year there are 25 players that made the All-Star teams and there are 35 players under the age of 27 playing in the game. You can view the roster for the American League and the National League here, courtesy of CBS Sports.

The Home Run Derby

How To Watch – Coverage of the 30th Home Run Derby will begin on ESPN Monday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET

What To Look For – The 30th iteration of the Home Run Derby will be the most unique by a long shot. MLB decided to tweak the rules in a big way and many have speculated that it’ll be a much more excited competition now.

The New Rules:

While this year’s participants haven’t been announced yet, Albert Pujols has said he’ll be competing, while Bryce Harper has stated that he won’t partake in part because of the new rules.

Other Events

For fans watching from home, there will be tons to see, but for fans fortunate enough to be in Cincinnati for All-Star weekend there will be even more.

Courtesy of CBS Cleveland, here’s a detailed list all of the events and All-Star festivities that you can enjoy in Cincinnati this coming weekend.

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