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All-Star Game, July 12, 2011, Chase Field

2011 All-Star Game News Archive - July 2011

  • Twins believe they have second-half run in them

    It's safe to say it's been a roller coaster of a year for the Twins at the halfway point of the season.

  • Return to health key for Dodgers to rebound

    The Dodgers, who have suffered 20 disabling injuries, hope to rebound in the second half of a season that, so far, has been unreal on the field and surreal off it.

  • Successful All-Star week hits home for Selig

    A successful All-Star week touched Commissioner Bud Selig on a personal level, from the game taking place not far from his home to the MVP of the game coming from his beloved Brewers.

  • Desert sun sets on memorable All-Star Week

    Thank you, Arizona. The 82nd All-Star Game came and went like a strong summer wind through the valley, and the long-awaited week left memories we won't forget.

  • Even with NL's win, AL not sweating it

    It's too soon to tell what the All-Star victory truly entails, but, if the memory serves, the home-field help boosted Bruce Bochy's Giants against Ron Washington's Rangers last fall.

  • Konerko, Quentin part of late All-Star drama

    White Sox All-Stars Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko nearly spearheaded an American League rally in the ninth inning of Tuesday's All-Star Game, but even though the rally fizzled, the two South Siders enjoyed the opportunity to play in front of family and friends.

  • Prince of power: Fielder's clout earns him MVP

    Prince Fielder's three-run home run to left-center field that effectively iced the Midsummer Classic for the National League in a 5-1 victory earned him All-Star Game MVP honors.

  • Home-field advantage key for NL this year

    If ever the National League needed home-field advantage in the World Series, this is the year. Conveniently, the Senior Circuit's champion will open the World Series at home this October.

  • Castro makes mark in educational ASG

    For a young player enjoying his first full season in the Major Leagues, taking part in an All-Star Game is part overwhelming, part exhilarating and part fun. But for Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, this was mostly educational -- and he made a bit of history along the way.

  • Trio of hurlers help lock down All-Star win

    It was Prince Fielder who effectively won Tuesday's 82nd All-Star Game for the National League and Tyler Clippard who recorded the individual victory. But it was a trio of Braves pitchers who locked down home-field advantage for the Senior Circuit. Jair Jurrjens, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters combined to fire 2 2/3 shutout innings.

  • As in Series, Bochy makes all the right moves

    Bruce Bochy should patent his game-winning script. The Giants skipper used it last year to win the World Series and Tuesday, he rolled it out again, securing home-field advantage for the National League with a 5-1 victory over the American League.

  • Facts and figures from the 82nd All-Star Game

    The National League beat the American League, 5-1, for its second straight win in the All-Star Game. Here are some facts and figures from the 2011 Midsummer Classic.

  • All-Star experience not all play for Tigers

    The Tigers' All-Star contingent no doubt enjoyed the trip to Phoenix, despite the eventual outcome, but it wasn't all fun and games for one particular ace right-hander.

  • Getting in game caps special time for Gaby

    On Monday, it finally hit Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez that he was an All-Star. It occurred during batting practice a couple of hours before the State Farm Home Run Derby began.

  • Upton thrilled NL victorious at home ballpark

    Justin Upton's stint as an All-Star Game host is over with. It was quite a bit busy, slightly nerve-wracking and, as he claimed, every bit as exciting and memorable as he expected.

  • Royal blast: Prince's homer lifts NL past AL

    All-Star Game MVP Prince Fielder smacked a three-run homer to power the National League past the American League, 5-1, in the 82nd Midsummer Classic, providing the NL with home-field advantage in the 2011 World Series.

  • Shared ASG experience special for Crew duo

    Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks showed they were among the game's best on Tuesday during a 5-1 National League win. Fielder took home the MVP honors, while Weeks shined.

  • All-Star swing puts Fielder center stage

    Prince Fielder's go-ahead homer made him the logical and deserving choice for Most Valuable Player of the 2011 All-Star Game. This was simply an extension of the kind of work Fielder has been doing all season as the cleanup hitter for the Brewers.

  • Prince's All-Star jersey headed to Hall

    After winning the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevy and granting interviews, the moment finally came for Prince Fielder to pull off his dirty No. 28 Brewers jersey at his National League locker and hand it over to the Hall of Fame.

  • Tulowitzki savors first All-Star Game action

    A year after he missed the Midsummer Classic due to injury, Tulowitzki started and even picked up his first All-Star Game hit in the National League's 5-1 victory over their American League counterparts.

  • Pirates trio honored to get All-Star opportunity

    Of all the steps forward the Pirates have made so far this season, having three players -- Andrew McCutchen, Joel Hanrahan and Kevin Correia -- line up along the third-base line at Chase Field on Tuesday to tip their cap during All-Star Game introductions is viewed as one of the most significant.

  • AL takes loss, but Weaver provides strong start

    While the American League lost, 5-1, in the All-Star Game, AL starter Jered Weaver pitched a scoreless first inning. Angels reliever Jordan Walden allowed a run in his first All-Star appearance, and Howard Kendrick grounded out in his one at-bat.

  • Panda, Wilson play big roles in All-Star win

    Pablo Sandoval and Brian Wilson had big impacts in the National League's 5-1 All-Star Game victory Tuesday before the sold-out crowd at Chase Field.

  • All-Star victory caps great day for Clippard

    For Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard, the best part of his first All-Star experience -- which he thoroughly enjoyed -- was getting into the game and becoming the winning pitcher as the National League defeated the American League, 5-1, at Chase Field.

  • Star trek: Adrian shines on national stage

    Fresh off belting 31 home runs in his runner-up performance in Monday night's State Farm Home Run Derby, Adrian Gonzalez said that the next-day soreness was equivalent to if he had lifted a lot of weights.

  • Green, Arizona shooting victims honored

    John Green said his daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, would have been right here at Chase Field on Tuesday, watching the 82nd All-Star Game with rapt attention.

  • Robertson's All-Star outing a highlight

    Dave Robertson's emergency appearance in the National League's 5-1 All-Star Game win over the American League on Tuesday highlighted the Yankees' evening at Chase Field, as the right-hander twirled a scoreless second inning in his Midsummer Classic debut.

  • Reds' busy gloves offset quiet night at plate

    Although four Reds All-Stars did not have a bountiful evening at the plate, they were kept busy defensively as the National League's pitchers were stellar during a 5-1 victory over the American League on Tuesday at Chase Field.

  • All-Star action brief, but Cards savor victory

    It was a short night for Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday, but much better to have one at-bat in a win than three in a loss.

  • Picture this: Bell enters game with slide show

    Heath Bell had an action-packed All-Star experience, culminating with the Padres closer sliding into the mound to get the last out of the eighth inning on Tuesday night.

  • Fan Cave West visits Chase Field Pool

    "Fan Cave West" came to Chase Field as the pool presence Monday and Tuesday, and after "having a blast," they now head back to Manhattan.

  • Cabrera's All-Star soreness not serious

    What initially looked like an All-Star panic for Tigers fans turned out to be a precautionary exit from the Midsummer Classic for slugger Miguel Cabrera, who left Tuesday's 5-1 National League win with mild soreness in his right side.

  • Joyce seizes All-Star opportunities at the dish

    Matt Joyce was on cloud nine after Tuesday's Midsummer Classic, despite a 5-1 loss for the American League. The Rays outfielder made his mark on the game with a single in the ninth inning.

  • Beckett bows out with recurring knee soreness

    Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett was confident he would be able to pitch in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, but when he tried to warm up, his left knee told him something different.

  • For Crow, All-Star experience just the start

    Here at Chase Field, the All-Star Game was not yet the Royals' party, and that's illustrated by the fact that their lone representative was a rookie middle reliever, Aaron Crow, who was not called upon to pitch in the American League's 5-1 loss to the National League.

  • Focus now shifts to KC for 2012 All-Star Game

    They might take a train (doubtful), they might take plane (likely), but if they have to walk (no way), they're going to be there all the same. The All-Stars are going to Kansas City. Kansas City, here they come.

  • Pineda not nervous in first All-Star appearance

    Mariners rookie Michael Pineda was stellar in his first All-Star Game, striking out two while pitching a scoreless third inning. Closer Brandon League allowed a run in the seventh, but was able to showcase his talent in the American League's 5-1 loss to the National League.

  • Asdrubal, Perez value All-Star Game experience

    Asdrubal Cabrera knows there really wasn't a Cabrera quota in the All-Star Game. It just appeared that way, when he departed Tuesday night's Midsummer Classic in the bottom of the fifth, at the exact moment Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera entered.

  • Doc perfect, Lee yields run in NL's All-Star win

    One followed the other. One was perfect, the other not so much. But Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee came away with positives from their time in Arizona, highlighted by the National League's 5-1 victory over the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

  • Participating in ASG a source of joy for Beltran

    In the end, the results hardly mattered. In the end, simply being an All-Star was enough for Carlos Beltran.

  • Fans Stand Up To Cancer during Classic

    After the sixth inning of Tuesday's All-Star Game, in front of a FOX television audience, fans stood united as one to Stand Up To Cancer.

  • Adrian ends All-Star Game home run drought

    Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez didn't just give the American League the lead with a solo homer with two outs in the top of the fourth inning on Tuesday night, he also broke a bit of an All-Star Game power outage in the process.

  • Musial's homer voted top All-Star moment

    Stan Musial is the people's overwhelming choice as winner of the Midsummer Classics bracket competition voted on by fans the past month.

  • Washington takes time to thank his staff

    Ron Washington took his coaching staff to dinner on Monday night after the Home Run Derby. Before they broke bread, Washington stood up and thanked his staff for everything they had done for him. He had a bit of a struggle keeping his emotions from bubbling over as he spoke.

  • Chevy's Red Carpet Show a hot one on big day

    Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced a five-year extension of its deal with Chevrolet as the game's official vehicle, and Chevy showed off the partnership with the All-Star Game Red Carpet Show.

  • Couple ties knot at All-Star FanFest

    The stars aligned in more ways than one on Tuesday. Several hours before the start of the 82nd Major League All-Star Game, the perfectly painted paragon of baseball's greatest fans was on display in the form of an All-Star wedding.

  • New wave of talent ascends to Midsummer Classic

    With 34 of the game's 68 players making their first appearances, the All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Chase Field will have a fresh energy.

  • Twist on Derby raises $603K for charity

    Robinson Cano edged Adrian Gonzalez in a Home Run Derby for the ages, both of them hitting a record for a final round. Major League Baseball and State Farm will pay out $603,000 to charities as a result.

  • Romero sharing lifelong dream with Bautista

    Jose Bautista has done this All-Star thing before. Ricky Romero has not. So after waking up Monday morning in Phoenix, Romero reached for his cell phone. Then he grabbed it again. And again.

  • Yes, we Cano: Derby win is a family affair

    Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano set a final-round record with 12 home runs, winning the 2011 Home Run Derby on Monday at Chase Field over Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

  • Bautista falls short in Derby with four dingers

    Jose Bautista has hit in pressure situations, in big stadiums and with packed crowds. He has homered in them all, which is how he owns 85 home runs over the last season and a half. But the Home Run Derby, he said, was a tougher experience. He was eliminated in the opening round with four homers Monday night at Chase Field.

  • Cano's special night ends with Derby crown

    Robinson Cano may have been a first-time participant in the State Farm Home Run Derby, but he is no stranger to putting on a show at the plate.

  • Prince, Weeks not bothered by Derby crowd

    Prince Fielder could not win his second Home Run Derby crown on Monday, while Rickie Weeks exited after the first round.

  • Fue una victoria en familia

    Fue una noche inolvidable en el desierto. Por segundo año consecutivo, un dominicano conquistó el Festival de Jonrones.

  • Holliday knocked out of Derby after tiebreaker

    Matt Holliday was eliminated by a narrow margin in Monday night's State Farm Home Run Derby, making it to a three-way "swing-off" tiebreaker before being knocked out of the competition.

  • Fue todo un espectáculo en el Chase Field

    Robinson Canó superó a Adrián González para alzarse el lunes con el triunfo en el Derby de Jonrones, que se convirtió en otro duelo entre Yankees y Medias Rojas.

  • Adrian edged by Cano in final round of Derby

    Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez looked like he might run away with the State Farm Home Run Derby title on Monday at Chase Field, especially after tying a Derby record with 11 home runs in the championship round.

  • All-Star Kemp wants to stay aligned with LA

    Outfielder Matt Kemp, on the eve of his appearance in the All-Star Game, said he would love to stay with the Dodgers and help the franchise return to its winning ways.

  • Quartet of Yankees excited for All-Star Game

    The American League roster for the 82nd All-Star Game figures to have plenty of help from the Yankees on Tuesday, with four players active and ready to help fight for home-field advantage in the World Series.

  • Kemp's slow start spells doom in Derby

    Matt Kemp of the Dodgers hit only two home runs and was eliminated in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night.

  • All-Stars sign cookbook for Stand Up To Cancer

    Good food for a good cause was the theme for Lance Berkman, Miguel Cabrera and Josh Hamilton on Monday at MLB FanFest, where the three All-Stars stopped in to help author Julie Loria, wife of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, sign copies of her successful book "Diamond Dishes: From the Kitchens of Baseball's Biggest Stars."

  • Cuddyer a longtime star in the making

    Characterized as a role player, Michael Cuddyer has been one of the Twins' most valuable players since he broke into the big leagues because of his ability to sub anywhere on the field. His status is cemented by his first All-Star Game appearance.

  • Gio's gratitude on display in Phoenix

    The road that led Gio Gonzalez to the All-Star Game was bumpy, and he relishes the chance to help the AL squad.

  • Pair of Halos having different All-Star experience

    Angels closer Jordan Walden is still shocked that he's on the American League All-Star team, while second baseman Howard Kendrick fielded questions during the All-Star press conference as confidently as he does ground balls.

  • Perez, Cabrera deals pay off with All-Star trip

    They arrived to the Indians' organization in what were, at the time, fairly low-profile trades. But on Monday, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and closer Chris Perez sat beside each other, in a room filled with some of the Majors' top talent, ready to represent the Indians on the All-Star stage.

  • All-Star donation provides aid to blind children

    On Monday, MLB presented a $1 million check to the Foundation for Blind Children for a new lab and learning center that will provide resources to more than 2,000 Arizona children.

  • Red Sox's All-Stars shine brightly in Phoenix

    They are a team with six All-Stars, and they dominated one corner of the ballroom where the American League's media day was conducted on Monday.

  • Vote for the All-Star MVP online during the game

    Tuesday will be the ninth annual opportunity to help decide the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevy, exclusively on MLB.com via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

  • Crow flying high among baseball's stars

    From Class A to the Major League All-Star Game. It only took a year for Royals rookie reliever Aaron Crow to make that jump. And he arrived at the Midsummer Classic in Phoenix in style.

  • Reds' All-Stars happy to put season on 'pause'

    For the fortunate four Reds -- Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce -- who were invited, the trip to this year's All-Star Game is a high individual honor and personal experience worth savoring.

  • Bell won't take All-Star appearance for granted

    This is Heath Bell's third consecutive All-Star Game, but by no means has it become an obligation for the Padres' closer.

  • Castro praised by peers for talent, attitude

    As he stood in the cage and took batting practice hacks while wearing his National League All-Star uniform on Monday afternoon, Starlin Castro's face was filled with a smile that wouldn't go away.

  • Different experiences on tap for Tigers

    Alex Avila will be making his first All-Star start, Jose Valverde is on tap to close it out, and Justin Verlander looks forward to experiencing the game like a fan on vacation.

  • Happy, healthy Beltran named NL's starting DH

    Manager Bruce Bochy penciled Carlos Beltran's name into the starting lineup for Tuesday's 82nd All-Star Game, using him at DH. Batting second, Beltran will give the National League a switch-hitting weapon ahead of its heavy hitters.

  • All-Star Game extra special for pair of D-backs

    Justin Upton and Miguel Montero will represent the D-backs at the All-Star Game on Tuesday, and the chance to play in the Midsummer Classic is even more special for them since it's being played at their home stadium, Chase Field.

  • Brewers' All-Star movement has roots in 2005

    The Breweres' trio of Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks has come a long way since that fateful day in June six years ago.

  • Konerko, Quentin familiar with All-Star setting

    Paul Konerko is in comfortable surroundings, participating in the All-Star Game in his hometown. Carlos Quentin also knows Chase Field, having made his Major League debut with the D-backs. The two White Sox All-Stars appreciate the opportunity to play with the game's best.

  • Phoenix Boys & Girls Club shown All-Star love

    Major League Baseball's commitment for its All-Star Games to leave a lasting footprint on host communities has left a crater-sized imprint in South Phoenix, through a $2 million renovation of the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix.

  • Mariners have All-Star trio of flamethrowers

    It should come as no surprise then that the Mariners are represented at the All-Star Game by three guys whose right arms have helped paddle the ship for the past three months -- Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda and closer Brandon League.