Eric Hosmer wins All-Star Game MVP in 4-2 American League win
Jul 13 2016
So, if the Royals qualify for their third straight World Series, and play Games 1 and 7 in Kansas City once again, they have none other than their own first baseman Eric Hosmer to thank.
However, the NL didn't hold the lead very long, as the San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto got into trouble in the second inning, allowing three runs, including home runs from Hosmer and his teammate Salvador Perez.
Cleveland Indians hurler Corey Kluber, the second of 10 pitchers AL manager Ned Yost sent to the mound, was credited with the win after pitching a flawless second inning. Before the game, Major League Baseball honored Rod Carew and hometown legend Tony Gwynn by naming each league's batting title after them.
"He told me it was the catcher's fault-he called it", said Ortiz, who addressed the AL team before the game. Boston's Mookie Betts followed with a single and up came the World Series MVP, Salvy Perez. The American League's starting infield featured not a single player older than 26; the National League's outfield had a 23- and 25-year-old.
National Basketball Association owners reached no decision Tuesday on whether to move next year's All-Star Game from Charlotte because of North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT people. "When you are talking the first two games of the World Series at your home field, it just brings that sense of comfort to the team and gives you a jump start for the whole series". The first run came off the bat of the National League's home run leader Kris Bryant - in his first All-Star at-bat.
Pérez and Hosmer hit their home runs in the second inning.
Cole Hamels, who played at Rancho Bernardo High School; pitched the third inning for the American League, allowing two hits and striking out a batter.
"I kind of stuttered a little bit", he said.
"The first time I met Fernandez, " Ortiz said, "he said, "You've been my favorite player forever.' I've played this game for 20 years".
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Hosmer said the focus for the AL players in Tuesday night's close contest was on securing home field advantage for the championship series.
The 87th All Star Mid Summer Classic turned out to be a great game, and San Diego was a great host city.
The first pitch, indeed was an 80-mph batting practice pitch, but Ortiz took it for a ball.
They became just the second pair of team-mates to hit two home runs in the same inning since Steve Garvey and Jim Wynn of the Los Angeles Dodgers did it in 1975. Hosmer was making his first All-Star appearance after getting voted in at first base by the fans.
In the top of the eighth, the NL loaded the bases on New York Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller, who gave up a one-out single to Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers, a two-out single to Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a walk to Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds.
Ortiz drew a walk in the third inning from Miami's Jose Fernandez, who said a day earlier that he'd groove a pitch for the slugger.
"I put a good swing on one", he said of the 389-foot drive into the left field stands. If you don't get a hit in your second at-bat I'm going to send you back up for your third at-bat. This year, they made sure Hosmer and Perez would have their moment here at Petco Park-and the two took full advantage, driving in all four runs the AL scored.
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