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Full day of All-Star events sets stage for Derby

MLB.com @castrovince

All-Star Week continues today with the marquee event that is the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. But before the baseballs start flying, there will be plenty more going on at Nationals Park.

Today's festivities will be carried live on MLB Network from 2-4 p.m. ET with a special edition of "MLB Tonight," followed by "High Heat" at 4 p.m. And all the news conferences -- as well as a number of player sessions -- will be live-streamed on MLB.com.

All-Star Week continues today with the marquee event that is the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. But before the baseballs start flying, there will be plenty more going on at Nationals Park.

Today's festivities will be carried live on MLB Network from 2-4 p.m. ET with a special edition of "MLB Tonight," followed by "High Heat" at 4 p.m. And all the news conferences -- as well as a number of player sessions -- will be live-streamed on MLB.com.

:: Complete Home Run Derby coverage ::

Here's a quick rundown of today's events leading up to the 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

2 p.m. ET: All-Star Game news conference
American League manager AJ Hinch and National League skipper Dave Roberts will have the honor of unveiling their respective lineups -- and starting pitchers -- for the Midsummer Classic, and MLB Network will be there to broadcast that news live. There are plenty of pitchers worthy of the starting honors in each league, though if Roberts goes the "easy" route and gives the nod to Max Scherzer in his home park, that's totally understandable.

2:40-3:25 p.m. ET: NL media availability

3:35-4:20 p.m. ET: AL media availability
This is a good opportunity for reporters to not only check in with the All-Stars on their feelings about being involved in this exhibition but to take their temperature on the 2018 season at large. MLB Network will be whipping around the room to bring you live coverage of the event, and MLB.com will live-stream the podium appearances of 12 players in each league: Mookie Betts, Craig Kimbrel, Mike Trout, Manny Machado, Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve, Gerrit Cole, Salvador Perez and Blake Snell in the AL, and Bryce Harper, Jacob deGrom, Nolan Arenado, Javier Baez, Josh Hader, Jesus Aguilar, Lorenzo Cain, Joey Votto, Matt Kemp, Kenley Jansen, J.T. Realmuto and Nick Markakis in the NL.

Video: Freeman, Marakakis on making the All-Star Game

3 p.m.: Commissioner's Town Hall Meeting 
A staple of All-Star Week for the last 18 years, the Town Hall Meeting with the Commissioner of Baseball will be held at PLAY BALL Park, at the intersection of First and M Streets SE near Nationals Park, and broadcast exclusively on MLB.com. MLB Network's Lauren Shehadi will host and Harold Reynolds will also take part in the event, in which Commissioner Rob Manfred will take questions that were submitted online.  

5 p.m.: Home Run Derby press conference
Before the taters comes the talk. The eight participants in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby -- Harper, Aguilar, Max Muncy, Alex Bregman, Baez, Rhys Hoskins, Kyle Schwarber and Freddie Freeman -- will appear at the podium to discuss their motivations, their pitching partners, their strategies, etc., in the lead-up to the main event. 

Video: Bregman on participating in 2018 HR Derby

8 p.m.: T-Mobile Home Run Derby
Harper, the runner-up to Yoenis Cespedes in the 2013 Derby and one of the ambassadors for All-Star festivities in his home park, headlines a field otherwise comprised of first-time Derby participants. Here are the seedings for the Derby, which will be broadcast live on ESPN:

Left side of bracket
1. Aguilar, Brewers vs. 8. Hoskins, Phillies
4. Bregman, Astros vs. 5. Schwarber, Cubs

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Right side of bracket
2. Harper, Nationals vs. 7. Freeman, Braves
3. Muncy, Dodgers vs. 6. Baez, Cubs

If you're looking for a little more data-driven look at the Derby, check out ESPN News' alternate live broadcast that will take a deeper dive into the Statcast™ metrics and include expert analysis from a panel that will include MLB.com's own Mike Petriello.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.