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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sandoval, Cabrera Lead NL to Rout of AL in MLB All Star Game

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10:  National League Al...
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10: National League All-Star Melky Cabrera #53 of the San Francisco Giants attempts to give a five to American League All-Star Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees after Cabrera hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Image credit: Getty Images via @dayli
The result of last nights MLB All Star Game gave the Red Sox one more disadvantage, if say, they got it together and made an unlikely run at the World Series. Justin Verlander, the reigning Cy Young and MVP Award winner, was tagged for 5 ER in just 1 IP to give the National League home-field advantage in the Fall Classic.

Ryan Braun, the reigning NL MVP, and Melky Cabrera were the stars for the senior circuit, each going 2-3 with a combined 3 RBI's to lead the rout. For the third year in a row, the American League was downed by the opposition.

Pablo Sandoval had just one hit, but it proved the biggest one, a bases-loaded triple in the first inning off Verlander. Between him and the previously mentioned slugger's, they accounted for six of the eight runs scored in the game. Dan Uggla and Matt Holliday each picked up an RBI as well to put the bag over the AL's head.

David Ortiz, the lone member of the Red Sox on the team, went 1-2 with a single, but was unable to do any real damage as part of an impotent six-hit attack from the AL.

Matt Cain pitched the first two innings, allowing just a hit, and was followed by ten other pitchers from the NL that put together an 11-pitcher combined shutout of the AL team.

Matt Harrison pitched the fourth inning for the AL and allowed the RBI-single to Matt Holliday and a two-run bomb to Melky Cabrera. The game was scoreless the rest of the way, but the offense could do nothing against the stellar NL pitching.

With the All Star game in the books, we wait until Friday when the Red Sox head over to St. Pete to face the Rays and hopefully start their comeback tour. Even if the postseason is out of reach this season, it would be encouraging to see the Sox finish strong instead of fall apart like last season. At least then we can have a glimmer of hope that things will be better next season.

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