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Updated: July 15th, 2014 3:55pm
A.L. coach made it clear to Glen Perkins he'll pitch in All-Star Game

A.L. coach made it clear to Glen Perkins he'll pitch in All-Star Game

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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7/7/2014
Sports Over Beers, episode 23. Dave St. Peter on the All-Star Game
Twins President Dave St. Peter joins the Sports Over Beers podcast to talk about this year's All-Star Game at Target Field. The best events of All-Star week, the concert at TCF Bank Stadium, the color run, the parade down Nicollet Mall, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby and the rest of the party. Are there tickets available for any of the events for the week? Where can fans go to find tickets or seating for any of the All-Star events? How will the Twins and the city of Minneapolis benefit from hosting All-Star week at Target Field? Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki will be in the game, but several others with Twins ties will be involved, too. What upgrades have the Twins made to Target Field to make the All-Star Game as good as it can be? -- How were season ticket sales affected by the All-Star Game, and how will that change once the game is a thing of the past? What is St. Peter most looking forward to? (AllStarGame.com.) -- Also, from Mason's Barre in downtown Minneapolis, Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore have a couple Shock Tops and chat about their expectations for the All-Star Game. What do you want to see in this year’s game and surrounding events (read: party)? Does Justin Morneau stand a chance to make it in the Final Vote? #VoteMorneau. Did Brian Dozier get robbed? How cool is it that Pat Neshek made it? Special thanks to Mason's Barre and Shock Top.
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MINNEAPOLIS - Glen Perkins made it to the All-Star game last season and all he got to do is warm up a few times. This year, with the game in his home ballpark, he said there's no chance he won't make an appearance.

"I don't think they'll let that happen," Perkins said Tuesday afternoon. "[Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves] yesterday made it pretty clear I'm pitching. ... I know that I'll be out there at some point."

Does Perkins know what innings he'll get?

"No, not a definite," he said. "Hopefully if things work out I'll be able to pitch toward the end, if not the end of the game. It's all going to depend on how the game is moving along."

Perkins got to keep his corner locker in the Twins clubhouse, and teammate Kurt Suzuki was moved to be right next to him. Suzuki said the ultimate experience would be to get in toward the end of the game and catch Perkins closing it out in an American League win.

Suzuki said he has not been told if or when he'll get in the game. 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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