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AL blanks NL 3-0 as MVP Rivera gets a hold

Jul 17th, 2013 - Sports News

NEW YORK (AP) —American League pitchers shut down the best of the National League and blanked the Senior Circuit 3-0 to win baseball's annual midsummer classic, the All-Star Game. That ends the National League's three-game winning streak and means the American League team that advances to the World Series will have home-field advantage.

Ten American League pitchers held NL batters to three hits and combined on the shutout. The emotional highlight was 43-year-old New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the all-time leader with 638 career saves, working a 1-2-3 eighth inning to cheers of the Citi Field crowd.

Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, received a 90-second standing ovation from fans, teammates and opposing players when he entered the game. Rivera doffed his cap and officially earned a hold for his scoreless frame in his 13th All-Star Game. He was named MVP.

Starter Max Scherzer of Detroit went the first inning. Winning pitcher Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox worked two innings. Seattle's Felix Hernandez, Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Oakland's Grant Balfour, Kansas City's Greg Holland, Toronto's Brett Cecil, Toronto's Steve Delabar preceded Rivera's eighth inning. Joe Nathan of Texas closed it out in the ninth for the save.

Toronto's Jose Bautista drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Baltimore's J.J. Hardy's fielder's choice drove in the second run in the fifth inning. Cleveland's Jason Kipnis had an RBI double in the eighth.

This was the ninth shutout in the 84-game history of the All-Star game, and second in a row. All-time, the NL holds a 43-39-2 advantage.

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