The All-Star Game was a pretty uninspiring evening of exhibition baseball.
Here’s your Nine to Know:
- NL 5 – AL 1
- Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and was the MVP. Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer and wasn’t the MVP.
- Heath Bell ran in from the NL bullpen and slid in just short of the pitcher’s mound to the delight of the fans and the dismay of the grounds crew
- Tyler Clippard, the Nationals reliever, was both the winning pitcher and the future answer of a trivia question as he got the win despite facing one batter and allowing a hit. Clippard relieved Cliff Lee with two out, two on in the 4th and then gave up a hard single to left to Adrian Beltre. Fortunately for Clippard, NL left fielder Hunter Pence fielded the ball and easily threw out Jose Bautista trying to score which ended the inning. Fielder then homered in the bottom of the inning and Clippard got the vulture win.
- Tigers fans held their collective breath as slugger Miguel Cabrera left the game after one at-bat. Fox infomercial host Joe Buck said, “The word is he left the game with an injury. That’s why he is out.” The latest word is that Cabrera had an oblique twinge but he didn’t think it would keep him out when regular season play resumes. Keep holding your breath, Detroit.
- Boston fans were marching to the Zakim Bridge, preparing to jump, when they heard that Josh Beckett couldn’t pitch because his knee was bothering him. At this point, they stopped because they heard the word “precautionary.” Don’t jump, Boston (at least not yet).
- Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson was the loser.
- Brian Wilson, the Giants closer, got the save and, like Bell, showed how to have fun.
- C.J. Wilson, Michael Pineda, David Robertson, Chris Perez, Alexi Ogando, Jordan Walden, Gio Gonzalez and Brandon League all pitched for the American League. America responded, “Who?”