Game over: NL 3, AL 1
The AL’s 13-game unbeaten streak ends. Ortiz singled to right to lead off the ninth off Dodgers’ closer Jonathan Broxton. Beltre struck out on a high fastball. John Buck blooped a single to right, but Ortiz had to hold up between first and second and he was thrown out at second base. Broxton got the save. Matt Capps got the win for the NL with Phil Hughes taking the loss. Braves catcher Brian McCann, who stroked a bases-loaded double to give the NL their margin of victory was named the MVP.
Top 8th: NL 3, AL 1
Beltre playing third.
Top 7th: NL 3, AL 1
Braves catcher Brian McCann has broken the game open for the NL with a two-out bases loaded double to right against Chicago White Sox lefty Matt Thornton. Joey Votto grounded out, pinch-hitting for Ryan Howard. Rolen singled and Matt Holliday singled putting runners at the corners. Joe Girardi took out Hughes and called for Thornton who got the second out but walked Marlon Byrd to load them up for McCann.
Bottom 6th: AL 1, NL
Big Papi gets into the game as a pinch-hitter for Vlad Guerrero. The Home Derby champ faced Matt Capps with pinch-runner Jose Bautista at first base and two outs and took a called third strike on a 2-2 fastball.
Top 6th: AL 1, NL 0
Nice inning for Lester who retired Hanley Ramirez (tapper back to pitcher), Martin Prado (pop to shortstop) and Adrian Gonzalez (grounder to second). He went to two 3-2 counts. Rafael Furcal has gone into play short, Brandon Phillips second base for the NL.
Bottom 5th: AL 1, NL 0
Hong-Chih Kuo on. Longoria walked and advanced to third when Joe Mauer’s swinging bunt was fielded by Kuo who tossed it down the rightfield line. Robinson Cano’s sac fly got him in for the only run of the game. Jon Lester in to pitch the sixth.
Top 5th: AL 0, NL 0
Other than the pitching changes, substitutions so far include Torii Hunter going to center and Josh Hamilton moving from center to right for AL. Adrian Gonzalez replaced Albert Pujols at first. I asked Gonzalez about the Boston rumors going away and he said, “Yeah, haven’t heard many of those this year.” Stay tuned Adrian. This winter you may hear them again. After the inning, Marlon Byrd went to center, Matt Holliday to left, ethier moved from center to right, and Scott Rolen to third base. Justin Verlander allowed a single to David Wright, who stole second base. Joe Mauer threw a ball into centerfield but Wright didn’t advance to third. Ethier then singled to right field, but the ball was hit hard enough that Wright couldn’t score. Hamilton didn’t exactly make a pinpoint throw to the plate, off to the third base side. With runners at the corners, Hart struck out for the second time in the game, on a check-swing. Hart banged 13 homers in the first round of home run derby yesterday, but was shut out in the second round. He appears to be suffering from HR Derby hangover. Braves catcher Brian McCann pinch hit for Molina and drove a 3-2 pitch to the wall where it was caught by Hamilton.
Bottom 4th: AL 0, NL 0
A yawner. Josh Johnson moved down the AL in the third with two Ks (Suzuki and Jeter) and Cliff Lee retired the NL in order in the fourth. Johnson has come back in bottom of fourth. Braun just robbed Hamilton of a hit with a nice diving catch in left.
Top 3rd: AL 0, NL 0
All pitching so far. Andy Pettitte fanned Andre Ethier and Corey Hart before Yadier Molina singled up the middle. Hanley Ramirez grounded to Jeter who made a nice backhand play in the grass to force the runner at second base. Josh Johnson has come on for the NL while Cliff Lee is warming up in the AL pen.
Bottom 2nd: AL 0, NL 0
An Evan Longoria one-out double to left field was wasted. AL couldn’t drive him in. Andy Pettitte looks like he’s following Price to start the third.
Top 2nd: AL 0, NL 0
David Wright reached on an infield single on a ground ball to second on which Cano made a nice diving play on, but the transfer wasn’t clean and Wright reached. Ryan Braun knocked into a DP to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: AL 0, NL 0
AL put two runners on base, no cigar. NL starter Ubaldo Jimenez walked Derek Jeter and Miguel Cabrera dropped a bloop single to rightcenter. Josh Hamilton hit into a double-play to end the threat.
Top 1st: AL 0, NL 0
Tampa Bay’s David Price retired the NL in order. There was one hot-shot hit to second base by the Braves’ Martin Prado which went off Robinson Cano, but the Yankee second baseman made a nice recovery and accurate throw to first base to get Prado. Then Albert Pujols sent a long drive to the gap in rightcenter, but Ichiro made an outstanding lunging, extended catch for the ball near the wall to end the inning.