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All-Star Game » NL jumps to quick lead on way to shutout victory.


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Kansas City, Mo. • Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera turned the All-Star game into a Giant blowout.

Flashing their bright orange spikes and booming bats, the San Francisco sluggers keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning that sent the National League to an 8-0 romp over the American League on Tuesday night.

At a glance

NL 8, AL 0

The National League scores five runs in the first off AL starter Justin Verlander.

» San Francisco’s Melky Cabrera singles and scores in the first inning, and hits a two-run homer in the fourth to earn MVP honors.

» The NL improves to 43-38-2 in the All-Star Game.

NL All-Stars 8, AL All-Stars 0

NL AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

C.Gozalez dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000

a-Holliday ph-dh 1 1 1 1 0 0 1.000

e-C.Jones ph-dh 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000

h-Bourn ph-dh 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Me.Cabrera cf 3 2 2 2 0 0 .667

A.McCutchen cf 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500

Braun lf 3 1 2 1 0 0 .667

Bruce rf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Votto 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Freese 1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000

LaHair 1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Beltran rf 1 1 0 0 1 0 .000

b-Harper ph-lf 1 0 0 0 1 1 .000

Posey c 2 1 0 0 1 0 .000

Ruiz c 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Sandoval 3b 2 1 1 3 0 0 .500

D.Wright 3b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Uggla 2b 3 0 1 1 0 0 .333

Altuve 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Furcal ss 3 1 1 0 0 0 .333

g-S.Cstro ph-ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Totals 37 8 10 8 3 6

AL AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Jeter ss 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500

c-A.Cabrera ph-ss 1 0 0 0 1 1 .000

Cano 2b 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500

d-Kinslr ph-2b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Hamilton lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Trout lf 1 0 1 0 1 0 1.000

Bautista rf 1 0 0 0 1 1 .000

Trumbo rf 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000

Fielder 1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Konerko 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---

Mauer 1b 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000

Beltre 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Mi.Cabrera 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Andrus 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Ortiz dh 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500

f-Butler ph-dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Napoli c 2 0 1 0 0 1 .500

Wieters c 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Granderson cf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Ad.Jones cf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Totals 31 0 6 0 3 7

NL 500 300 000 — 8 10 0

AL 000 000 000 — 0 6 0

b-walked for Beltran in the 5th. c-walked for Jeter in the 5th. d-flied out for Cano in the 5th. g-flied out for Furcal in the 8th.

LOB-NL 5, AL 8. 2B—Braun. 3B—Braun, Sandoval, Furcal. HR—Me.Cabrera, off M.Harrison. RBIs—Holliday, Me.Cabrera 2, Braun, Sandoval 3, Uggla. SB—Trout.

Runners left in scoring position—NL 2 (Votto, Freese); AL 5 (Kinsler 2, Mi.Cabrera, Trumbo, Wieters). RISP—NL 3 for 8; AL 0 for 7.

Runners moved up—Posey, Granderson. GIDP—Hamilton, Mi.Cabrera.

DP—NL 2 (Furcal, Votto), (Furcal, Altuve, Freese).

NL IP H R ER BB SO ERA

M.Cain W

2 1 0 0 0 1 0.00

G.Gonzalez 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Strasburg 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.00

Kershaw 1 2 0 0 1 0 0.00

Dickey 1 1 0 0 0 1 0.00

Hamels 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Kimbrel 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 2 0.00

Chapman 1⁄3 0 0 0 1 1 0.00

Miley 1⁄3 1 0 0 0 0 0.00

Hanrahan 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Papelbon 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

AL IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Verlander L

1 4 5 5 2 2 45.00

Nathan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Price 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

M.Harrison 1 4 3 3 0 0 27.00

Weaver 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Sale 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.00

R.Cook 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.00

Ji.Johnson 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Rodney 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Inherited runners-scored—Hanrahan 1-0, Papelbon 1-0. HBP—by Dickey (Konerko). WP—Hanrahan.

Umpires—Home, Gerry Davis; First, Jim Joyce; Second, Brian Runge; Third, Tony Randazzo; Right, Brian Knight; Left, Lance Barksdale.

T—2:59. A—40,933 (37,903).

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Cabrera homered and won the MVP award, and Giants teammate Matt Cain started a strong pitching performance for the NL in its most-lopsided All-Star victory. Cain combined with Stephen Strasburg, R.A. Dickey, Aroldis Chapman and the rest of a lights-out staff on a six-hitter.

"San Francisco Giants show," Matt Kemp of the rival Dodgers said during the game.

Ryan Braun, an All-Star again after his drug suspension was overturned last winter, doubled, tripled and made a fine catch in the outfield to help give the NL its first three-game winning streak in two decades.

Chipper Jones singled in his final All-Star at-bat at age 40 as the NL, under retired manager Tony La Russa, once again claimed home-field advantage in the World Series.

Teen sensation Bryce Harper had a shaky All-Star debut. Fellow rookie Mike Trout, only 20, showed off his dynamic skills.

The game was pretty much decided a few moments after it started.

Sandoval hit the first bases-loaded triple in All-Star history off Verlander, who couldn’t control his 100 mph heat. Cabrera singled and scored the first run, then hit a two-run homer against Matt Harrison in a three-run fourth.

"I don’t get many triples," said the slow-footed Sandoval, known as Kung Fu Panda. "We had some fun with that in the dugout."


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Cabrera was flanked by his mom as he received his award.

"I was surprised for me, the MVP, but thank you, the fans," he said.

San Francisco fans, who made a late voting push to elect Sandoval and Cabrera to starting spots, might really appreciate the victory come October. The Giants are a half-game behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.

Rafael Furcal also hit a three-bagger, making the NL the first league with three in an All-Star game.

As the All-Stars returned to Kansas City for the first time since 1973, La Russa bid a fond farewell to the national stage in the city where he played for his first major league team.

Having retired after managing St. Louis to last year’s World Series title, La Russa became just the fourth inactive manager to skipper an All-Star team and improved to 4-2.

"Just lucky, like I’ve been 30 years," La Russa said.

The NL boosted its advantage to 43-38-2 and won for just the third time in the 10 years the All-Star game has been used to determine home-field advantage in the World Series. La Russa’s Cardinals benefited from last year’s NL All-Star victory, with St. Louis winning Games 6 and 7 at home against Ron Washington’s Texas Rangers.

"It’s very disappointing, because we’re competitors and we want to win," said Washington, who lost for the second straight year. "They came out. They swung the bats. Once they got the lead, started bringing those arms in and they got the job done."

All-Star Game results

2012 » National, 8-0

2011 » National, 5-1

2010 » National, 3-1

2009 » American, 4-3

2008 » American, 4-3 (15)

2007 » American, 5-4

2006 » American, 3-2

2005 » American, 7-5

2004 » American, 9-4

2003 » American, 7-6



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