MLB Game Summary - All-Star Game|
(Tuesday, July 15)
Final Score: American 5, National 3
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Derek Jeter has been the face of Major
League Baseball for two decades, while the torchbearer for the unofficial
title as the game's best player has fluctuated between Miguel Cabrera and Mike
Those storylines proved no different Tuesday, as the future Hall-of-Fame
shortstop and peerless sluggers combined forces in the 85th Midsummer Classic
to power the American League to a 5-3 victory over the National League in
front of a capacity crowd at Target Field.
Cabrera belted a two-run homer in the first inning, while Trout doubled,
tripled, drove in two runs and scored another to help give the Junior Circuit
home field advantage for this year's World Series.
Trout took home the MVP award, but all eyes were nevertheless focused on
Jeter, who delivered two hits and scored a run out of the AL's leadoff spot
in what will be his 14th and final All-Star Game with retirement looming at
the end of the season.
Jonathan Lucroy hit a pair of RBI doubles to pace the NL, which went 1-for-11
with runners in scoring position and has dropped back-to-back All-Star Games
on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
Jeter's presence was felt immediately, as the 40-year-old shortstop made a
diving stab up the middle on a ball hit by leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen.
Even though the speedy McCutchen beat the throw to first by a half-step,
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez stranded him on third via a pair of strikeouts
and a groundout in his only inning of work.
St. Louis' Adam Wainwright was awarded the start for the NL and was knocked
around for three runs in the first inning, which started with the Yankees
captain lacing a patented double to the opposite field.
Reports quoting Wainwright as saying he eased up on Jeter were quickly
dismissed from the horse's mouth.
"What was said was missaid. I did not want to be a distraction," a contrite
Wainwright said via a televised interview during the game.
Trout followed Jeter's hit with an RBI triple off the right-field wall, and
Cabrera sent a screamer toward left field and into the stands with a compact
but highly effective swing for an early 3-0 AL lead.
The Senior Circuit bounced back with two runs in the second off Boston's Jon
Lester. Aramis Ramirez reached on a one-out base hit, while Chase Utley and
Lucroy each knocked in a run with a double, with Utley's caroming high off the
wall in right and Lucroy sending one over Trout's head in left.
Jeter led off the third with another base hit but was left in scoring
position, and when play resumed in the top of the fourth, AL manager John
Farrell made sure Jeter was given a proper sendoff by pulling him after
warmups, prompting yet another loud round of applause.
"I thought it was great. I didn't know what was going to happen," Jeter said.
"It was a wonderful moment that I'm always going to remember."
After the touching farewell, which included a rendition of Frank Sinatra's
"New York, New York," the NL pulled even in its half of the fourth. Utley took
a pitch off the left elbow from Chicago's Chris Sale and was replaced on the
basepaths by steals leader Dee Gordon, who scored the tying run without a play
at the plate on another two-bagger from Lucroy.
The comeback took Wainwright off the hook for the loss, a distinction that
fell to teammate Pat Neshek following an unlucky fifth inning.
Neshek, a product of nearby Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park,
surrendered back-to-back singles to Derek Norris and Jeter's replacement,
Alexei Ramirez, before Trout sent a chopper down the third-base line that
appeared to bounce in foul territory past the bag. As Aramis Ramirez failed to
make a backhanded stop, umpire Scott Barry ruled the ball fair and Norris
Jose Altuve tacked on another run with a sacrifice fly, and the pitchers from
both sides took over from there.
Max Scherzer, last year's AL All-Star starter and reigning Cy Young Award
winner, earned the win by tossing a scoreless fifth, Koji Uehara left a runner
on third in the sixth by striking out Devin Mesoraco, and Greg Holland hurled
a 1-2-3 seventh.
The NL had the tying run on base in the eighth, but Fernando Rodney fanned
Daniel Murphy to keep it a two-run game.
Minnesota's own Glen Perkins retired the side in order in the ninth to close
out the victory.
Trout became the second youngest All-Star Game MVP ... Jeter became the oldest
player with two hits in an All-Star Game ... Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig
struck out three times ... Hernandez was the first-ever Venezuelan to start
this game ... Twins legend Rod Carew threw out the ceremonial first
pitch ... Next year's All-Star Game will be contested at Great American Ball
Park in Cincinnati.
07/16 01:11:04 ET