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Brad Pitt to Star in All-Star Game Opening Segment

Brad Pitt
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Brad Pitt

Coverage begins on Fox at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday; "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks will perform the National Anthem.

The opening segment of Tuesday night's All-Star Game will feature Brad Pitt.

Pitt's connection to the sport? He stars as Billy Beane, former manager extraordinaire of the Oakland A's, in Columbia Pictures' Moneyball. The film, written by Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, is based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis.

Major League Baseball said that in his appearance, Pitt "will celebrate Major League Baseball All-Stars past and present, showing fans what it means to be the best."

Coverage of the 82nd All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Jered Weaver of the Angels is the starting pitcher for the American League and Roy Halladay of the Phillies starts on the mound for the National League.

American Idol season six champ Jordin Sparks will sing the National Anthem and Michelle Branch will perform "God Bless America" from Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.

Moneyball is due in theaters September 23, right before the MLB regular season wraps and playoffs begin.