All Star Recap: MLB Celebrates Jeter; AL Bests NL 5-3

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The 2014 MLB All-Star Game was held Tuesday night at Target Field in Minnesota.

In what will be his last All-Star appearance, Derek Jeter led off the game for the American League and paused to accept an incredible ovation from fans and players alike. In typical Jeter-like fashion, he then lined a double to the opposite field.

Adam Wainwright started the game for the National League and surrendered the double to Jeter. The Angels Mike Trout would follow with an RBI triple to give the AL an early lead. After a strikeout by Robinson Cano, Trout would come around to score on a two-run missile of a home run off the bat of Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera adding to the AL’s lead by making it 3-0.

The National League would quickly get two runs back in the top of the second off Boston left-hander Jon Lester. Chase Utley would get the NL on the board when he slammed a double off the right-centerfield wall to plate Aramis Ramirez. Brewers backstop Jonathan Lucroy would follow with a double of his own that would score Utley, drawing the NL within one run.

Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw would halt the scoring in the third, each pitching a scoreless frame for their respective league.

However, the NL would draw even in the fourth off of White Sox ace Chris Sale on the back of Lucroy’s second double of the night, scoring Dee Gordon from second.

The American League would go ahead for good in the bottom of the fifth when Trout doubled in the A’s Derek Norris. Astros second basemen Jose Altuve would tack on an insurance run by hitting a sacrifice fly off of Tyler Clippard, scoring Aramis Ramirez once again. Both runs in the inning were charged to former Twin Pat Neshek.

The Mets Daniel Murphy would enter the game in the bottom of the seventh. He would get his first and only at-bat in the top of the 8th, and struck out with two runners on against Fernando Rodney.

Twins closer and Minnesota native Glen Perkins would close the game out for the AL, setting down the NL in order.

Derek Jeter finished the game 2-2 with a run scored. He was removed from the game in the top of the fourth to another large ovation.

The Angels Mike Trout was named MVP of the game. He finished 2 for 3 at the plate with a triple, a double, two RBI’s and a run scored.

(Photo credit: L.G. PATTERSON/MLB.COM)

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