NL Secures World Series Home-Field Advantage By Winning Exhibition

Pablo Sandoval ripped a three-run triple, Melky Cabrera launched a two-run dinger, and the National League won its third consecutive All-Star Game in a cakewalk, 8-0.

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Joey Votto, Justin Verlander, And A Defense Of The All-Star Game

Joey Votto and Justin Verlander squared off on Tuesday night, and it reminded us why the All-Star Game can be interesting for a few seconds, at least.

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All-Star Game Ratings Imminent, Irrelevant

The Nielsen ratings for the 2012 All-Star Game should be underwhelming. Here's a reminder why that (still) doesn't matter.

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All-Star Game 2012: Melky Cabrera Named MVP

Prior to 2012, the last time Kansas City hosted the All-Star Game was 1973, when Kauffman Stadium was known as Royals Stadium. The MVP of that game was Bobby Bonds, who played for the San Francisco Giants.

In 2012, the All-Star Game returned to Kansas City, and Melky Cabrera was named as the game's Most Valuable Player. He is the first Giant to win the award since Bonds in 1973. That is the other Bonds, not Barry Bonds, because, 1973, obviously.

Cabrera came through with the game's first hit, a single off Justin Verlander with one out in the top of the first. He subsequently scored on Ryan Braun's double. Later, in the fourth inning, Cabrera batted against Matt Harrison with a runner on and launched a two-run homer. That made the game 8-0, so Cabrera's dinger was hardly clutch, but it's Cabrera who finishes with the sexiest digits in the box score.

Given that Billy Butler didn't do anything and that the AL lost by eight, Cabrera also made for a crowd-pleasing MVP selection, as he previously played for the Royals and those fans love most players who have worn the uniform.

Cabrera was awarded with a sweet car for winning. Based on salary, Cabrera earns about $37,000 per team game played. Today's athletes are so spoiled. We are the 99 percent!

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National League Handcuffs American League, 8-0

The 83rd All-Star Game wasn't much of a game, as the National League rocked Justin Verlander for five runs in the first inning and cruised to an 8-0 victory.

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All-Star Game 2012: Mike Trout Thrills, R.A. Dickey Doesn't *KNUCKLE* Under Pressure

Mets fans were understandably upset that R.A. Dickey didn't get to start the All-Star Game. To make matters worse, he wasn't going to get in the game in the third or fourth innings, either, because either a) Buster Posey is a delicate flower who shan't catch knuckleballs, or b) a real American who knows that knuckleballs are a part of a Bolshevik plot.

But Dickey did get into the game, coming into the sixth inning. Now if there's a list of players the baseball-loving world was excited to see, Dickey is at the top. But Mike Trout might be at the top, and when he came into the game, he showed why:


I'm not sure if that was the second knuckleball Mike Trout has ever seen in his life ... but it could have been. How many opportunities to players get to see a knuckler in high school or the minors? I'd put the over/under on knucklers seen by Trout at five.

After striking out Mark Trumbo, Dickey hit Paul Konerko. He got out of the jam, though, by getting Miguel Cabrera to hit into a double play. Dickey leaves unscathed, and we got to watch Mike Trout. Win/win.

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Robinson Cano Booed ... Then "Cheered"!

I’m not sure what the fans would most like to see: a) the home-team American League winning the All-Star Game, or b) Robinson Canó looking bad.

Monday night, of course, the fans in Kansas City were all over Robinson Canó during the Home Run Derby, because Canó, as American League captain, chose Mark Trumbo instead of (among others) Billy Butler.

Now, this was hardly Canó’s fault, as precedent suggests that the captain choose the sluggers who have the best chance of, you know, hitting home runs. And Billy Butler hasn’t exactly established himself as premier power hitter.

But when Canó’s name was announced, the fans booed. When he made outs during the Derby, the fans cheered. And then it became a thing. Talk about your tempest in a teapot.

The fans booed Canó when he came up in the bottom of the first inning tonight, though perhaps not as lustily as last night. At one point during his at-bat, chants of Bill-y But-ler broke out. And when Canó made an out, the fans cheered. Apparently they’re not real concerned about Game 7 of the 2012 World Series.

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All-Star Game 2012: Sizing Up The Boos And Cheers

The story of the All-Star Game to this point has been boos. Robinson Cano was booed because of that thing he did over there or whatever, and people were upset. The people of Kansas City are clearly subhuman pig-men, so it makes sense to look at who got booed and who got cheered during the pre-game introductions.

Some of the biggest cheers of the pre-game ceremony went to Chipper Jones, who was the first player introduced. Huge, we'll-miss-you cheers! The next player introduced was Michael Bourn, and it was as if everyone choked on a Ricola at the same time. It was the loudest quiet indifference in baseball history over the last hour.

But for the most part, Royals fans were very nice. R.A. Dickey, Andrew McCutchen, and Bryce Harper got the loudest cheers of any of the non-Missouri players. Remember when Harper was booed by Dodgers fans in his debut. Everyone likes him now. Looks like you'll have to ditch that Bryce Harper parody account you were starting up. No longer relevant.

After those three, Matt Holliday, David Freese, and Lance Lynn got the loudest cheers on the National League side, which highlighted the large St. Louis contingent at the game. And of course, Billy Butler got a huge, raucous ovation for being on the Royals, and Melky Cabrera and Carlos Beltran got big cheers for putting up with the Royals in the past.

Yes, Robinson Cano was booed like crazy. But other than that, do you know who the big villain was? Chris Perez. That's the only other player the Royals fans harangued and lustily booed.

Yu Darvish might have been booed, too, but I think those were a bunch of Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuus.

In conclusion, Kansas City loves everybody except for Chris Perez and Robinson Cano. Oh, and they've never heard of Michael Bourn. Now here's a GIF of the camera panning from tall guy to short guy to tall guy:

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Time, TV, And More

We've got what you need to know about Tuesday night's broadcast of the All-Star Game, and also some of the stuff you might just want to know.

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All-Star Game 2012: National League Starting Lineup

Where earlier we provided for you the American League starting lineup for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, now we provide for you the National League starting lineup, because it wouldn't make sense to have one without the other. This NL lineup was built by the voters and arranged by Tony La Russa, who isn't even a manager anymore! I mean, he still manages things on a daily basis, like when he gets up and what he eats, but he doesn't manage baseball. I'm surprised he even remembers how to make a lineup, but maybe he had help. After all, where there are All-Star Game managers, there are All-Star Game bench and base coaches. I bet La Russa had one of them other guys make this.

Carlos Gonzalez, DH
Melky Cabrera, CF
Ryan Braun, LF
Joey Votto, 1B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Buster Posey, C
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Dan Uggla, 2B
Rafael Furcal, SS

Matt Cain, SP

There is just no let-up in that lineup. If this team existed during the regular season it would probably be the best team, especially since it would take a lot of the other teams' best players. That wouldn't be fair! Especially to the Giants. The Giants would be terrible.

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All-Star Game 2012: American League Starting Lineup

It's the day before the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, meaning it's the day we find out all about the respective leagues' starting lineups. I don't think I need to tell you that what follows is absolutely inconsequential, completely insignificant, and if you take issue with anything in here and try to argue about it you are doing it wrong. You are doing sports wrong. This is an All-Star Game. This is a starting lineup for an All-Star Game. This is as newsworthy as somebody's status update that gosh it sure is great to see the family after so many weeks, what a wonderful Saturday on the back patio! Here is the American League starting lineup, as built by the voters and as arranged by Ron Washington.

Derek Jeter, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B
Josh Hamilton, LF
Jose Bautista, RF
Prince Fielder, 1B
Adrian Beltre, 3B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, C
Curtis Granderson, CF

Justin Verlander, SP

Boy, what an outstanding starting lineup that is, with Curtis Granderson batting all the way down in ninth. It's almost as if this is a starting lineup of All-Stars.

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