The team with baseball’s best record also boasts the most All-Star selections for next week’s midsummer classic. The Oakland A’s will send six of their starters to the game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15.
Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera was named the All-Star Game’s MVP in his farewell season as he helped the American League players shut out the National League squad 3-0.
The AL’s 3-0 victory at Citi Field on Tuesday night was an arms showcase. It was just the third shutout for the AL, following 1946 at Boston’s Fenway Park and 1990 at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Four All-Stars this year – San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon, Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta – have been linked in media reports to Biogenesis, the closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing PEDs.
“These guys are coming up now with incredible talent, these young players,” National League manager Bruce Bochy said. “I think they are just getting better, faster, bigger, stronger still, and it’s impressive to watch.”
Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes is among 20 players on the roster for the league’s All-Star game on July 31.
A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes slugged his way to victory at the All-Star Home Run Derby Monday night.
Yoenis Cespedes won baseball’s Home Run Derby on Monday night, becoming the first player left out of the All-Star game to take home the crown.
National League manager Bruce Bochy also selected Sergio Romo, his San Francisco Giants closer, as a replacement pick Sunday.
With the two leagues set to square off in their annual exhibition featuring its greatest stars on July 16, all eyes will be on Citi Field. With home field advantage during the World Series on the line, the question very simply put is, can the National League maintain its grip on the contest for the fourth straight year?