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MLB Announces Festivities for Derby and Futures Games

1407613532000-reds-21-20080331Before the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, teenager Marlana VanHoose will sing the U.S. National Anthem and Reds legend and three-time Home Run Derby Champion Ken Griffey Jr. will throw the Ceremonial First Pitch. The Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will be broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com, plus ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International.

Prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 12th the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Brass Ensemble will treat fans to a special rendition of the U.S. National Anthem. Later, The Mistics will perform “God Bless America.”

Adding to the festivities, The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) will host nine youth players from Cincinnati-based baseball and softball organizations that have been BTF grant recipients in the past as part of its 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game “BTF Kids Take the Field” event. To celebrate its 16th anniversary, BTF invited children from six organizations to take the field during the pre-game ceremony. The children, who will be joined by the U.S. Team players, were nominated for participation by their youth organization.

Live coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game begins on MLB Network at 3:00 p.m. ET. The All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will be played after the Futures Game on Sunday and air on ESPN immediately following the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders on Monday, July 13th.UrbanMeyer

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist and actress Jordin Sparks, ACM’s New Artist of the Year Award winner Cole Swindell, star of Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It Olivia Holt, Cincinnati native and Emmy Award-winning actor and director Chad Lowe, Head Football Coach at The Ohio State University Urban Meyer, plus Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers andOzzie Smith and MLB legend Vlad Guerrero have been added to the list of those scheduled to participate in the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, July 12th at Great American Ball Park. Additionally, Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team playersTim Horton and Todd Reed will join the rosters. The Softball Game will be televised by ESPN immediately following the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders on Monday, July 13th.

These participants will join previously announced personalities including entertainment icon Snoop Dogg, Josh Hutcherson of “The Hunger Games” franchise, star and executive producer of the hit ABC show black-ish Anthony Anderson, comedic actor and lead in the Fox animated series Golan the Insatiable Rob Riggle, star of the upcoming “Fantastic Four”Miles Teller, co-host of EXTRA and Fox Sports Live Charissa Thompson, ACM winner and platinum-selling country chart-topper Justin Moore, Cincinnati native Nick LacheyMacklemore, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.SeanCasey

Also announced were Cincinnati Reds legends Sean Casey, Paul O’Neill, Eric Davis and Aaron Boone, Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, MLB legend Fred Lynn and Olympic Softball Gold Medalist Jennie Finch.

The All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game is the second game of an exciting doubleheader at Great American Ball Park on All-Star Sunday. Preceding the softball game will be the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will air live on MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM at 3:00 p.m. ET, featuring MLB’s best young prospects from the U.S. and around the world.

For more information on All-Star Week events fans can visit AllStarGame.com.

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