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International League wins All-Star game

July 14, 2011

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SALT LAKE CITY—Tampa Bay prospect Russ Canzler hit a three-run homer and the International League All-Stars pitching staff allowed just three hits in a 3-0 victory over the Pacific Coast League All-Stars on Wednesday night in the Triple-A All-Star game.

Canzler's shot came in the second inning and neither team scored after.

"I was in a position coming up to bat with runners in scoring position and I was a little nervous but I just tried to remind myself to stay aggressive," Canzler said. "That's what we came out for to have fun and to play hard and I was fortunate enough to get a good pitch to hit."

It was the third straight year that the International League team was victorious.

Cleveland Indians prospect Zach McAllister led the way striking out two and allowing one hit over the first two innings.

"I expected to see a lot more offense tonight, but it was a well-played game. Our pitching staff did a great job starting with Zach and going down the bullpen," International League manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "It was just a good overall effort. It was a well-pitched game."

The Pacific Coast League had a chance in the seventh inning, loading the bases with two outs, but Minnesota Twins prospect Chuck James struck out Tony Abreu to end the threat.

"The All-Star pitching took over tonight. Their pitching did a great job," Pacific Coast League manager Lorenzo Bundy said. "We had a couple opportunities after they walked some people, but we couldn't come up with a big hit. You've got to give the IL a lot of credit for pulling this one out."

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