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MLB All-Star Game features plenty of glitz, glamour

12 July 2017

Superstar Bryce Harper once wore a hat with the words, "Make Baseball Fun Again", printed in red letters. "Going to be facing the best of the best". The American League would lead 2-1 in the top of the 10th inning. "What a couple days". The Mariners second baseman landed on his eighth All-Star team only as an injury replacement for Starlin Castro of the Yankees.

Miller allowed a two-out walk in the 10th, but retired the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger to end the game for the AL.

The AL won the All-Star Game for the fifth straight time, pulling even in the all-time series - 43-43-2.

Still, for all the late excitement, a decidedly different - meaning far less - buzz permeated the ballpark compared to the previous night when Judge hit four balls in excess of 500 feet in capturing the Derby crown. It's a sport so stuffy that a player's technique setting down his bat after a home run can spark weeks of beanballs and suspensions.

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That's why we've seen pitchers at the top of their game like Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, and Roger Clemens taking the loss, and players like Melky Cabrera, Carl Crawford, and J.D. Drew taking home the MVP. Most of the pitchers threw in the mid-to-upper 90s, simply overpowering the hitters.

Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox, punched out two batters, including the New York Mets' Michael Conforto to send the game to extra innings.

Archer said Betts "had to bob and weave through the clouds, a little steering through the clouds, it was a lot of fun". "I remember that I told my dad, if I play, it's great". "That thing was like a bowling ball coming in there". Kevin Burkhardt, Tom Verducci, Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas offer previews and analysis in advance of the night's pregame ceremonies and first pitch live from FOX Sports' set in center field.

Scherzer, limited to one inning, used a full-count slider to strike out Judge, only third rookie to bat third in an All-Star Game after Joe DiMaggio in 1936 and Dick Wakefield in 1943.

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The first All-Star Game since 2002 that didn't determine World Series home-field advantage proved to be a bit of a snoozer.

"It's pretty incredible isn't it?" said National League manager Joe Maddon of the Cubs. Blackmon lined out to right to lead off the first, swinging at the first pitch of the game from Sale. "I've had to become a better pitcher, locate better".

That changes Tuesday night, when the Washington ace and the San Francisco catcher start for the NL at Marlins Park. So rather than trying to and convince you of why the NL will win, I hope to convince you to watch the game - especially the first few innings. 3-2, I was getting ready for 100 [mph], I got a slider. Dellin Betances, who worked a wild but scoreless third inning for the AL, topped 99 miles per hour four times.

Then, Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano, who entered the game for Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, blooped an RBI single down the right-field line for the game's first run.

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The score had been tied at 1-1 since the sixth inning with the AL holding a 10-7 edge in hits.

MLB All-Star Game features plenty of glitz, glamour