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7/16/2014 | Twins reflect on success as hosts of All-Star Game

A rain shower that delayed Monday's Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field couldn't put a damper on the All-Star festivities in Minnesota, and it did lead to a full rainbow over the ballpark beyond center field as the event began that proved to foreshadow the unforgettable moments that were to come in the Derby and in Tuesday's 85th All-Star Game.


7/16/2014 | Alexei replaces legend, part of AL's game-winning rally

White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez took the reins from Derek Jeter in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game and then helped the American League stake a claim to home-field advantage in the World Series with a 5-3 victory at Target Field.


7/16/2014 | AL has history on its side going into World Series

No one knows who is going to wind up with the American League pennant, but the survivor will owe thanks to players all over the league for the home-field advantage it will enjoy.


7/16/2014 | Contrite Wainwright explains Jeter comments

Adam Wainwright gave up three runs in the first inning of the National League's 5-3 loss, but his performance on the mound wasn't what the Cardinals' ace most regretted about the All-Star Game, it was his poor choice of words after the fact that suggested he took it easy on Derek Jeter during the Yankee legend's leadoff double.


7/16/2014 | Crew represents well as Lucroy doubles down in ASG

Considering his teammates comprised a third of the National League's starting lineup and a prominent piece of the bullpen, Aramis Ramirez had a hunch Tuesday afternoon that his Brewers would "have a big influence" in the 85th All-Star Game. In the end, he was exactly right.


7/16/2014 | Murphy has 'blast' at ASG, now focused on Mets

Reality will soon return for Daniel Murphy, and that's not necessarily a bad thing; reality is pretty good for the All-Star these days. Following two off-days, the Mets will put their finest hot streak of the season -- eight wins in 10 games -- on the line this weekend in San Diego. Murphy, fresh off his first career All-Star appearance, will be a big part of that.


7/16/2014 | Scherzer earns rare Midsummer Classic win

Considering Max Scherzer kept calling his regular-season wins an overrated stat last year, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that he wasn't making a big deal about earning the victory in the 2014 All-Star Game.


7/16/2014 | Price soaks up All-Star experience from sidelines

He weathered the expected interrogation about where he may be playing come Aug. 1, and for the rest of All-Star week, prized lefty David Price was able to sit back, relax and partake in the fun.


7/16/2014 | AL arms rise to occasion, smother NL in crunch time

From Chris Sale and Max Scherzer to Koji Uehara, Fernando Rodney and hometown hero Glen Perkins, the American League pitchers won one big matchup after another against the National League's best hitters. In the end, it was enough to allow the AL to hang onto its 5-3 victory.


7/16/2014 | Awed by Jeter, Selig thrilled with MLB's direction

After he presented Angels outfielder Mike Trout with the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet, after he met retiring Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter outside the dugout for a final embrace, Commissioner Bud Selig took a few moments on Tuesday night to reflect.


7/16/2014 | Street warming in bullpen as NL's rally falls short

For the second time in three years, Padres closer Huston Street didn't get in the All-Star Game. Street was told he'd be used in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night, had the NL forced the issue in the AL's eventual 5-3 victory.


7/16/2014 | Perpetual All-Star Jeter never lost modesty

There are only a few players who are transcendent figures, even if they might be too modest to admit it. Derek Jeter has been in that category for some time; not only for the quality of his play, not only for the five World Series he has helped the Yankees win, but for the way he has carried himself.


7/16/2014 | Chapman tweaks hamstring, says he'll be fine

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman came up limping with a sore right hamstring after he covered first base on a groundout to end the bottom of the eighth inning in the National League's 5-3 loss to the American League. As for his status when the second half begins Friday against the Yankees in New York, Chapman was not concerned.


7/16/2014 | Yu tosses flawless inning in AL's All-Star win

Rangers ace Yu Darvish -- making his third All-Star appearance in as many Major League seasons -- delivered a 1-2-3 third inning in the American League's 5-3 victory at Target Field. Texas teammate Adrian Beltre finished the game at third base and walked in his lone trip to the plate.


7/16/2014 | Cruz, Jones could benefit from AL's ASG victory

Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones arrived at Target Field looking for a win, and that's what they got, as the American League downed the National League, 5-3. Representing a team that is in first place in the AL East, they don't discount the impact this All-Star victory could have in October.


7/16/2014 | Castro, Rizzo enjoy All-Star Game despite K's

Both Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo struck out vs. A's lefty closer Sean Doolittle in the top of the eighth for the National League during the American League's 5-3 win on Tuesday night at Target Field.


7/15/2014 | Tulo, Blackmon look to second half following NL loss

Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon enjoyed their All-Star experience, despite losing the game, 5-3, and immediately turned their attention to putting together a strong second-half run with the Rockies.


7/15/2014 | Felix sets tone for American League victory

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez turned in a scoreless inning in his start for the American League, and Fernando Rodney added a strikeout while preserving the lead in the eighth during a 5-3 win in Tuesday night's All-Star Game.


7/15/2014 | Brantley gets at-bat, Jeter autograph at All-Star Game

Michael Brantley, who entered the All-Star Game in the sixth and was robbed of a base hit by a sensational diving stop by second baseman Dee Gordon in his lone at-bat, was like every other AL All-Star. He was humbled to be sharing a room with Derek Jeter.


7/15/2014 | MVP Trout chooses from pair of Chevy vehicles

Mike Trout chose the Corvette Stingray Z51 over the Silverado as his vehicle of choice after winning the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet, with many of the remaining fans at Target Field offering their own input.


7/15/2014 | Twin billing: Perkins, Suzuki team to close out NL

Joined by Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki for the final frame, Glen Perkins flew through a one-two-three ninth inning in the American League's 5-3 victory over the National League on Tuesday night at Target Field. The sellout crowd was absolutely thrilled.


7/15/2014 | Competitive Jeter deserved Wainwright's best

No player respects the battle more than Adam Wainwright. And so, he understands that he never should have grooved a couple of pitches to Derek Jeter, if indeed that's what he did.


7/15/2014 | 'Nervous' Koji fans one in All-Star Game debut

Even for a man who closed out last year's World Series with a strikeout, the spectacle of the All-Star Game seemed daunting. So Koji Uehara made it easy for manager John Farrell. The righty told Farrell he didn't want the ball in the ninth inning.


7/15/2014 | Kimbrel dominates American League batters

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out Derek Norris, Brandon Moss and Ian Kinsler as he completed one inning for the National League in a 5-3 loss to the American League, which will have home-field advantage for the World Series.


7/15/2014 | Derby dinger defines Marlins' 2014 All-Star time

Though Giancarlo Stanton took three trips to the plate as a designated hitter during Tuesday night's All-Star Game, finishing 0-for-3 with a popout, flyout and strikeout, his All-Star legacy did not budge. Stanton's presence here will always be defined by the 510-foot explosion he generated in Monday's Home Run Derby, and there was little he could have done Tuesday to alter that.




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