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Cleveland Indians Justin Masterson, Jason Kipnis enjoying All-Star Game experience

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NEW YORK  — It was hot in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field on Monday afternoon.  Justin Masterson and Jason Kipnis sweated freely in a room packed with reporters prowling about asking every available American League All-Star questions they’ll probably never hear again.

Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis at All-Star Game 2013 Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is in New York to play in Major League Baseball’s 2013 All-Star Game. He said in this interview that one thing that makes the event special is knowing he will return to play for a team that is contending.

Masterson was asked about his favorite music and recording artists. He answered in depth.

Another reporter asked him which National League All-Star he feared the most as a pitcher.

“Anyone who can hit a homer off me,” said Masterson with a smile.

Kipnis was asked to make a funny face into a TV camera. He did.

He was asked about his thoughts on Twitter, his new Instagram account (@jasonkipnis22) and what makes Miguel Cabrera such a great hitter. A reporter asked him about New York’s reputation for brashness.

“I’m from Chicago,” said Kipnis. “I’m used to it. I like big cities and I like New York.”

The Indians’ two rookie All-Stars handled things just fine. Even the heat.

“Sweaty … very sweaty,” said Kipnis, when asked his impression of his first All-Star Game. “But you’re not going to hear me complain. For the next couple of days I’ll be on cloud nine.”

Masterson and Kipnis brought plenty of friends and family to share the experience.

“My mom, dad, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister, brother, my sister’s husband and a couple of friends are here,” said Masterson. “We’ve got a nice little crew coming in.”