With Derek Jeter starting at shortstop and Mark Texiera starting at First Base there is no doubt in my mind that the AL All Star Team is a winner. Even better Roy Halladay is the starter. The rest of the lineup for the American League team includes Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton, Joe Mauer, Jason Bay, Michael Young and Aaron Hill. On the National League starting lineup is Hanley Ramirez, Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, David Wright , Shane Victorino, Tim Lincecum, and Yadier Molina.
In the first inning Lincecum walks Jeter(HBP) and an error by Pujols allows Jeter to score the first run. Lincecum allowed two runs in the first, which didn’t look good for the National League team. Michael Young starting at third base was a big surprise as Evan Longoria had an infection from a cut. First inning was a solid one for the American League as it was 3up and 3down. Looked pretty good there to begin with, but then the bottom of the second inning happened and the National League scored 3 runs. The 3rd and the 4th innings were pretty quick as no one got a single hit or on base.
The innings that followed were pretty quick, until the 7th where the AL gained another run. In the 9th inning Mariano Rivera in to close the bottom of the 9th. As always he was the “sandman” and put the batter to sleep! With one strikeout and 2 plays in the field….and that ended it for the All Star Game 4-3 AL winning. This means the last 13 years have been dominated by the American League and have home field advantage again in the world series.
The game was the shortest since 1982 with a time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, and Carl Crawford won the All Star MVP award. I must admit this wasn’t the most entertaining All Star game I have ever seen in my entire life, but I’m really looking forward to the world series in October!