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Final: AL 3, NL 0

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 16, 2013 08:11 PM

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Game over: American League 3, National League 0: Joe Nathan closed it out. Rivera was named the MVP.

If the Sox win the AL, Game 1 of the Series will be at Fenway Park.

Rivera in the game: When Mariano Rivera came out of the bullpen to pitch the eighth inning his American League teammates stayed next to the dugout applauding.

They waited, leaving the great Yankees pitcher on the field alone to soak up the applause from the crowd of 45,186. Rivera will retire after 19 seasons in the game, universally respected.

Rivera tipped his cap to all sides of Citi Field then started his warm-up tosses. Only then did the rest of the players take the field.

Rivera pitched a perfect inning, throwing 15 cutters. Catcher Salvador Perez threw an arm across Rivera’s shoulders as they walked of the field.

Perez was born in 1990, the same year the Yankees signed Rivera in Panama.

3-0 to the ninth.

American League goes up, 3-0: Sal Perez and Jhonny Peralta singled in the eighth inning off Craig Kimbrel. Torii Hunter grounded into a double play before Jason Kipnis doubled in a run.

AL holds lead: The American League is up, 2-0, going into the bottom of the seventh. The NL has one hit and has two runners on base. Everything is pointing to a save situation for Mariano Rivera.

Pedroia strikes out: Facing 20-year-old Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez, Pedroia struck out looking at a fastball in the sixth inning. He and Ortiz are 0 for 4.

AL goes up, 2-0: Adam Jones doubled to start the fifth inning against Cliff Lee. Joe Mauer singled him to third. When J.J. Hardy grounded into a force at second, Jones scored. So it was a Baltimore-produced run.

NL has one hit so far.

Ortiz grounds into a double play: David Ortiz grounded into a double play to end the fourth inning. But the AL scored when Cabrera doubled, Davis singled and Bautista had a sac fly to center.

Pedroia pops out: Still no score in the game. Pedroia ended the top of the 3rd by popping out to right. ... X-rays on Cano's right knee were negative. That's good, you'd hate to see a player get hurt in an All-Star Game.

Ortiz flies out: The NL infield shifted to the right on Ortiz. He flied out to
center field. No score in the top of the second.

Pedroia already in: Robbie Cano was drilled in the right knee by a 96-mph fastball from Matt Harvey. He went to first base and then came out after a batter. Dustin Pedroia replaced him.

The AL has two other backup second basemen (Jason Kipnis and Ben Zobrist), but Pedroia should get 4-5 innings at least.

Pre-game: Good evening from Citi Field and our live All-Star Game blog. Unlike Red Sox games, we won't have inning-by-inning updates. But we will fill you in with what is going at the game, especially with how the Sox players are doing.

Tom Seaver just threw out the first pitch to David Wright.

Neat little fact: Matt Harvey, who will throw the actual first pitch, was born in 1989. Mariano Rivera, who could throw the last pitch, signed with the Yankees a year later.

Mo and Torii Hunter addressed the American League players before the game, as did Jim Leyland.

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