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Larry Fitzgerald, Nelly and Ricky Henderson Among the New Additions to the 2014 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Target Field

Larry Fitzgerald will return to Minnesota to play softball – Christian Petersen / Getty Images

We are now less than a month away from the first ever MLB All-Star Game at Target Field.  While the game is Tuesday, July 15th, the festivities begin days before.  There is a ticketed free concert at TCF Stadium on Saturday, July 12th with the Imaging Dragons.  Sunday, is the Taco Bell® All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Target Field and new players have been announced.

Multi-Grammy Award winning rapper and singer-songwriter Nelly, actor/comedian Rob Riggle, and TV personality and producer Andy Cohen will join additional celebrity participants alongside Twins Legends and Baseball Hall of Famers have been added to the game. The Softball Game will be televised immediately following the Gillette Home Run Derby on ESPN on July 14th.

Riggle, starring in this summer’s comedy Let’s Be Cops, Nelly and Cohen will join comedian Chris Distefano, TV personality Melanie Iglesias, TV and radio personality Sway and hip hop star Fat Joe, hosts of MTV2’s baseball show Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave; actor Dylan O’Brien of this fall’s The Maze Runner; actor Charlie McDermott from The Middle; Olympic Softball gold medalist Jennie Finch; and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, who is from Minneapolis.

Baseball Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith; plus MLB Legends Dwight Gooden, Fred Lynn, Mike Piazza and John Smoltz are also scheduled to participate.

These participants will join previously announced names, including Minnesota residents and TV personalities Andrew Zimmern and James Denton; Twins Legends Jack Morris and Jim Thome; plus Minnesota sports stars Kevin Love of the Timberwolves, Maya Moore of the Lynx, Zach Parise of the Wild and Adrian Peterson of the Vikings. Actor Jon Hamm is no longer scheduled to participate due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.

The Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game is the second game of a fun doubleheader of activity at Target Field during Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. Preceding the softball game will be the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, featuring some of MLB’s best young prospects from the U.S. and around the world. 2014 MLB All-Star Ambassador and Twins player Joe Mauer participated in his first MLB All-Star event back in the 2003 All-Star Futures Game, before being promoted to the Twins roster in 2004.

The Taco Bell® All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game will be televised by ESPN at approximately 10:30 p.m. Eastern immediately following the Gillette Home Run Derby which begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, July 14th.

Tickets to attend the events for Taco Bell All-Star Sunday at Target Field on July 13th can be purchased at the official All-Star Game website of Major League Baseball (AllStarGame.com), the Twins official website (twinsbaseball.com) or by calling 1-800-33-Twins or 1-888-FanFest. MasterCard®, the official card of Major League Baseball and All-Star Week, is the preferred form of payment.

 

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