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Matheny getting ready to lead NL All-Stars

ST. LOUIS -- Major League Baseball has begun its weekly rollout of All-Star voting updates, providing fans with an up-to-date list of who projects to start the Midsummer Classic. For Mike Matheny, it's an added resource for him to use as he prepares for his duties as acting manager of the National League in the July 15 game at Target Field.

Matheny, a first-time All-Star manager, will have the task of filling whichever roster spots aren't taken by players voted in by fans and elected through the player vote. He began talking with MLB officials over the winter to get a better understanding of his responsibilities, and he has also reached out for advice.

"I've asked questions of guys who have been there and done that, and I will continue to do so," Matheny said. "I know there is a lot to learn. Fortunately, I will have a couple of coaches with me who have been there and will use their experience and their wisdom as well."

Matheny has already selected other NL managers to join him as coaches for the All-Star Game, though MLB has not yet released that information. Matheny issued those invitations during the offseason.

In addition to selecting the final players for the roster, Matheny will be charged with choosing which players become Final Vote candidates and who will start on the mound. His own ace, Adam Wainwright, has a strong case for that honor.

"I've been looking at it a little different all season long, looking at guys and keeping track of the kind of seasons some players are having," Matheny said. "It's a great challenge to do what's right for each individual and for each club. I'm looking forward to that challenge."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB.
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