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The American League wins the 2013 All-Star Game 3-0

Jul 16, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

source:  Another Midsummer Classic in the bag. Another scoresheet which looks like a train wreck, but that’s how the All-Star Game rolls. And the American League rolled to victory here at Citi Field, beating the National League 3 to 0.

As with most All-Star Games it was the small moments which were the most memorable. Here we had the Mets’ Matt Harvey, pitching in his home park, obviously carrying some extra adrenaline early. His velocity was high but his first couple of pitches shaky as he gave up a leadoff double to Mike Trout and then hit Robinson Cano on the right leg. Cano had to leave the game after taking first base and, thankfully, X-Rays came back negative — he has a contusion — but you don’t want to see that happen in an exhibition. Harvey calmed down after that and retired six in a row. A nice outing for the kid.

Beyond that, not many fireworks, as pitching and defense came to the fore.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth when Miguel Cabrera doubled off Patrick Corbin, advanced to third on a Chris Davis single and scored on a Jose Bautista sac fly. The American League added another run in similar fashion in the fifth, this time with an Adam Jones double off Cliff Lee, a Joe Mauer single and a J.J. Hardy fielder’s choice. Not the most exciting way to score, but it was mixed in with a fan wearing a Robinson Cano shirsey running onto the field — he telegraphed it, quite stupidly, via his Twitter feed — and that’s kinda fun. Except for the fan, of course, who was slammed to the ground.

More zeros after that with Matt Moore, Jose Fernandez, Grant Balfour and Aroldis Chapman putting up zeroes through the the bottom of the fifth, all through the sixth and into the seventh-inning stretch. Then in the bottom of the seventh Jim Leyland decided to get some more relievers in the game, going through Greg Holland, Brett Cecil and Steve Delabar. They combined for yet another zero, aided by a slicker than slick play by Manny Machado on a hard Paul Goldschmidt ball to third. Machado looked like Brooks Robinson.

source:  The AL added an insurance run in the eighth off of Craig Kimbrel. The sequence: a Salvador Perez single, Jhonny Peralta single and then, after Torii Hunter grounded into a double play, Jason Kipnis doubled to left scoring Perez. That set the stage for Mariano Rivera, who came in an inning earlier than expected, covering the bottom of the eighth. He entered to a nice tribute from the assembled All-Stars — they left the field empty for him as he took the mound, giving him a standing ovation — and ended it by retiring the National League in order, throwing 16 cutters, in his final All-Star appearance.

Everyone involved was getting punchy by the top of the ninth inning, but Prince Fielder woke us up with a leadoff triple of Jason Grilli. Prince Fielder. The big man. And he moved like nobody’s business, letting out a yell as he slid head-first into the third base bag. I love to watch that guy run. He must have been tired, though, as he remained stranded on third despite a couple of infield outs that may have scored a less tired man.

Joe Nathan came on in the ninth, struck out the first two batters he faced before surrendering a double to Goldschmidt. Nathan bore down, however, and induced a pop fly by Pedro Alvarez to end the ballgame.

Chris Sale got the win, Corbin got the loss, Nathan got the save and the American League has home field advantage in the 2013 World Series. Mo Rivera was named MVP and awarded a new Corvette.

  1. beefytrout - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Can’t believe Rivera didn’t get the 9th inning.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      He got the game MVP.

      • bronco58lb - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        Chris Sale or Jason Kipnis more worthy?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        There was no single player who actually was the MVP, so Rivera got it due to his fantastic career.

      • esracerx46 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        Mvp voting took place starting in the 6th inning until the end of the game. Leyland perhaps inserted Mo into the game early to ensure the proper cast off. If you put him in in the 9th, theirs a larger chance the early voters dont vote for him because who wants an MVP that rode the pine.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        Which is sort of silly. But then, it’s not like anyone actually deserved it. (Will note that I am not really on the Mo Retirement Tour bandwagon.)

    • dickclydesdale - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      Of course captain UNCLUTCH david wright gets the base hit with no one on base, way to host the gase LOSER! Worst all star game ever, boring, no drama, no excitement. Even the performers sucked. Who threw taco sauce in marc anthonys twitching eyes? Neil Diamond …72 yr old fart singing a 44 yr old song. MLB sucks! we want young hot performers like Rihanna,!
      Kipnis was the MVP. Screw that peanut head Rivera!

      • nbjays - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM

        The first four letters of your user name describe you well…

      • badintent - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:42 AM

        Sorry your mother in law showed up to watch the game with you.Guess she demanded the child support payments again and put you in a bad mood.Tell her to write Maury for the free DNA tests…..again.
        And try Youtube for Rihanna.Chumpass

  2. historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    What the hell is Erin Andrews wearing? I don’t think she could find something much less flattering. Also, stand up straight, woman.

    • indaburg - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Me-ow! Lol

      Hey, leave my fellow Tampa girl alone.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        She’s a pretty girl. She could find a better fitting dress. That did nothing for her.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Shallow guy….hotel episode….trying hard not to say it….no. Not going to say it.

      Will hit post though :)

  3. banger60 - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I was just wondering the same thing, he said pre-game he wanted to pitch the 9th, I’m sure all the know it all’s will straighten it out on here!

    • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Not complicated. I didn’t even watch the game (I tried, I really tried…but it was boring as hell and then had freaking Buck/McCarver taking a boring experience and making it super painful), and I know why.

      If they save Rivera for the 9th, and the NL winds up taking the lead in the 8th, there is no bottom of the 9th. They decided that they would rather have a 100% chance of him pitching the 8th than any chance whatsoever of him not pitching in the game.

      • beefytrout - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        Just seems wrong to not have played out the correct way.

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        ….and imagine the blow back if Rivera didn’t pitch at all because the NL took the lead in the 8th.

        It is the ASG….who cares? The guy has had a fantastic career. If he doesn’t care if he pitched the 8th or 9th…who should anyone else?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        So much fun watching the game with you.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        I tried. I made it to the top of the first before Buck and McCarver and a complete lack of any coherent happening chased me away. The ASG always feels like someone edited ABs from different games together rather than a single event. Combine that with nothing happening, horrible announcing and endless chatter and inanity from the announcers/reporters, and it was like jabbing needles in my eye. I usually couldn’t even stay with the game through an entire commercial break of whatever I was watching. It just felt like watching a game in which there was a minute between every pitch.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        You’re such a drama king. I made it through (and even made fun of McCarver). You could’ve turned the sound down. What do you do during the WS then?

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        Turning the sound down wouldn’t have changed the fact that nothing was happening, the game was slow and boring, and that I didn’t care what happened because the result doesn’t matter. Despite the repeated attempts to say home field advantage matters by citing X of the last Y winners had home field…they fail to note that the WS rarely goes 7 games (5 times since 1990) for that advantage to potentially manifest and that it is far more likely that the WS goes only 4 or 5 games (12 times since 1990, over 1/2 the time) in which case HF didn’t matter at all.

        The US – Costa Rica soccer game was more interesting…and I spent most of that trying to figure out how the US wasn’t winning by double digits since it seemed like every CR player spent most of the time writhing around on the ground with fake injuries.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        BTW, does this mean you missed Miggy’s fine defense at 3rd? There’s probably highlights. :)

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        I am sure that if I watched every pitch, I still would not have seen a fine defensive play by Miggy. What happened did he “dive” to “snag” a ball that any other 3B would have fielded standing up and then scramble to his feet to throw out Molina (or some other player as fast as cold molasses) by inches?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        Have a nice day, crabbylions.

        American League!

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        Despite its likely accuracy, that was dripping with sarcasm.

        ….and I was just describing the last link to a “great” play by Miggy you sent me. In which his feet never moved and he fell (he didn’t dive, he fell) to his left to glove a ball and throw a guy out. It was a “nice” play, in that he threw the guy out…but you have to realize that it also demonstrated his slow reaction time because any other 3B would have fielded it standing up. It isn’t errors that make him a bad defensive player, it is his statuesque range.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Now say something nice to me.

      • beefytrout - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        At some point you may want to embrace the concept of people having a different opinion than yours, paperlions.

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        Nah, I tried it once. I didn’t see any value in embracing people being wrong.

      • badintent - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Last time paperlions tried to express his opposing opinion, he was booked by Highway Patrol for claiming the pipe in his car’s trunk was for plumping supplies , not a bong.LOL

      • threefingerclown - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        There’s another safe way to play it. Throw Nathan out there in the 8th with Mo warming up. If Nathan allows 2 baserunners, immediately bring in Mo for the 4, 5, or hell even 6 out save. If Nathan has an uneventful 8th then perfect, you have Mo lined up for the save.

      • indaburg - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        I muted the tv. Much more pleasant experience.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Burgie, isn’t it amusing how men seem to always be able to tune out their wives but they can’t do the same with annoying announcers? Hmmm.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Sure…and if the NL took the lead Mariano could have still been brought in…during the 8th.

      • Shayna - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Unlike many here, I’m meh on Buck/McC, although I did find the fawning about McC’s retirement a little OTT. But doesn’t anyone else here get the international feed? I was switching back and forth between FOX and the international feed, and found the latter often had more interesting features and guests, as well as a different set of announcers. (Sorry, I can’t remember their names.) But can someone explain why the IF version stuck around for that nauseating version of God Bless America, given that their audience was everyone /except/ the US?

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        I guess I could have found the IF on line, but I had pulled up the US-CR soccer game and was watching that online.

        Fox is just horrible at presenting baseball games. Instead of getting out of the way and letting the baseball game be the star of the broadcast, they keep getting in the way. I suppose someone may find their broadcasts useful/entertaining. I find them painful.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Home advantage! Sweet home advantage!

    • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Let’s be unbearable tomorrow talking about it. 😛

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:58 PM

        Leyland built that team to win. That is why he loaded up on relief pitchers.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        Not that he’s paranoid. Spuds McWiggles leaves scars.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        So….today will be just like every other day?

        Not sure why PC is happy about home field advantage, when your team finished under .500, that doesn’t help you.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        It is an AL thing paperlions. By the way, those incompetent announcers completely forgot that Delabar was voted onto the team by the fans. Those idiots claimed that he was replacing an injured player. Both Cecil and Delabar struck out the hitters they were brought in to face. Leyland has seen them in operation and knew that they would do the job he wanted them to do. Bautista got the game winning RBI. The Jays who played in the game belonged there.

        It was also fun to see Rivera surrounded in the pen by younger pitchers such as Holland, Cecil and Delabar.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Clearly, the AL had more WtW!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        Definitely. The home field advantage is important. Leyland knew what kind of pitching staff he needed to win.

  5. ncm42 - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    I missed the Machado play. Anyone know where I can find it?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM

  6. ncm42 - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Thanks @ historio!

  7. sleepyirv - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I’m glad Bud Selig stays true to his roots by dressing like a used-car salesman.

    • badintent - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      In other news, Old Gator emptied his gun at his TV when Neil Diamond started singing, “Sweet Caroline”.

      • RickyB - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Going out on a tree trunk to say that I’m sure Old Gator was joined by many across the country …

      • badintent - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:34 AM

        I’m a Yankee fan but I respect who Neil Diamond is and what he has built in music history.Sweet has no hidden political agenda.I heard worst songs on High School Musical when my daughter would play the movie

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        Actually I would think OG is more of a gun control kind of guy. I’m certain he HARPOONED his TV. Let’s be honest, that would have a LOT more style.

      • badintent - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

        True. Just don’t tell Greenpeace, they ‘ll come after you for Harpooning anything.

  8. jimw81 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    fox sports 1 promos almost turned into a drinking game.

  9. historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Wow, it’s like bitter drunk NL fans are going at the thumbs down now. How nice.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      I resent that. I’m not drunk….yet.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

        Did you go through and thumb me down? >:(

        American League! American League!

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        I rarely use thumbs – and never on you 😉

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        That seems not phan-ish at all.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Au contaire, rather then thumbs them down, I tell them how they got it completely and utterly wrong

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        I don’t understand. I’m always right. (err, left)

  10. johngaltx - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Next year bring all the best pitchers, and all the worst pitchers. Let the superstar pitchers tip their hats before the game and then give them the boot, run out all the bum pitchers and liven up the game. 8-0! 3-0!!! Get me outa here……..If your team needs home field advantage to win the world series, maybe you don’t really belong there to begin with. Great teams should need any stinking advantages, and they surely don’t need to count on winning some lousey exibition game.

  11. mungman69 - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Boring game, terrible announcers. That sucked.

    • rarson - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Terrible announcers, yes. Boring game, not so much.

  12. dondada10 - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Was at the game and had a blast. Amazing atmosphere. Sucks the NL hit like the Mets, but whatever.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Did you get a cap?

  13. heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Judging from most of the comments, generally avoiding that succubus of a sham of a shamockery of a ball game was the correct choice.

    Thank you DVR.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      There are some very lame-ass baseball fans on here. I’m glad I have another group that homers it up.


      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        From what I’m reading, there wasn’t much homering on the field. Yawn.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        What? I thought NL fans dug small balls.

  14. Detroit Michael - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    I thought it was a fun game. Nice fielding plays by Machado, Phillips and Cabrera.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Yeah…Cabrera made a couple of nice plays Michael.
      Surprised the hell out of me…but I gotta’ give him his due when it’s deserved.
      He also was impressive with that double. Dude sails his bat into the stands.
      Could have resulted in serious injury and yet…
      He still has the concentration to lace a double on the very next pitch.

  15. sdelmonte - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    First game I have watched on Fox this season. And I hate that they are now using the NFL team for everything. It doesn’t fit.

    But it also says where Fox’s bread is buttered.

  16. MyTeamsAllStink - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    And today is the worst day of the sports year.Its ESPY night the biggest waste of time.

    • thebadguyswon - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      The truth.

      And Buck and McCarver were awful, as usual. That game was excruciatingly boring.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        You forgot to add a second “as usual”

      • thebadguyswon - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        My bad. You’re right.

  17. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    All Star Game routine:

    – Don’t watch
    – Check box score
    – look for what “my guys” did
    – repeat next year

    • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Said the loser.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Said it last year too

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Us losers got the freedom to do whatever we wanted rather than watching “forced boring all star anything “.

        Why would I listen to Joe Buck if I don’t have to?

        / Launches spitball

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        I’m disappointed that what you all wanted to do was not smack talk with us through the game. 😦 You made me cry.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        Save the smack talking for the playoffs, I don’t talk smack out of division until playoff time.

        By the way, wanna trade us your two top prospects for Papelbon?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Not yet. How about Don Kelly?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        Nah, we already have plenty of utility guys and mediocre offense a plenty with his svelteness.

  18. sportsdrenched - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    This is the first All Star game I’ve watched in a while. I thought Mo’s entrance, Prince Fielder’s triple, and Salvador Perez getting the first hit by a Royal in an All-Star Game since Bo freaking Jackson in 19 freaking 89…made for an entertaining evening. Yay pitching.

  19. steelers88 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I love Jim Leyland his my 2nd favorite manager but did he lose it last night! Why would you put Mariono Rivera in the 8th inning and not the 9th inning?

    • Eternal Optimist - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      See paperlions response to your question above.

  20. historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    BTW, I am now referring to that sweaty mop of hair as the Grilli curl.

  21. northstarnic - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM


  22. northstarnic - Jul 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Turned on my tv last night. AS game was on.
    Promptly changed the channel.
    Not sure if I was prompted more by my utter boredom w/MLB or the fact that half the players were traded away from my local club for basically nothing. (In case you haven’t noticed, Twins are a farm team for big market teams.)

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