AL edges NL 2-1 to win fifth consecutive All-Star Game

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AL edges NL 2-1 to win fifth consecutive All-Star Game

"I was dreaming for a long time to win All-Star Game MVP", said Cano, who was only chosen to this year's AL team after Yankees infielder Starlin Castro was injured.

With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz, before pinch-hitting for Tampa's Corey Dickerson, the American League's designated hitter, stopped behind home plate for an impromptu photo op with umpire Joe West.

"When else are you ever going to get a chance to take a picture with an umpire except at the All-Star Game?" the 37-year-old Cruz said with a smile.

Cruz walked to the plate with his phone - ringer on silent - in his back pocket.

What better way to get the next generation involved with the game than to allow them the unique experience of meeting today's all-star players.

Molina homered off Minnesota's Ervin Santana in the bottom of the sixth, pulling the NL into a 1-1 tie. The All-Stars were given every chance to shine, but a lot of them just put their heads down and went about their work -- as baseball players are seemingly wired to do.

NOTES: The game's starting third basemen, the Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado and the Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez, each finished 2-for-2.

When Josh Harrison looked around the National League clubhouse at Tuesday's All-Star Game in Marlins Park, he didn't see many faces that looked like his.

Davis wasn't with the Cubs last fall when they won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

The American League grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning.

NL pitchers struck out 14, including four by Carlos Martinez, three by Kenley Jansen and two each by starter Max Scherzer and Greg Holland.

"I was able to let loose a little bit", Sale said. I want to have this feeling. Harper made a brilliant diving catch in right-center field, saving what might have been extra bases and an RBI off the bat of Salvador Perez. Basketball purists decry a ridiculous 192-182 final score, which happened in the 2017 NBA all-star game - a contest that nonetheless produced the highest TV rating for basketball's showcase since 2013. He walked Harper and Buster Posey, threw a pair of wild pitches and got out of a bases-loaded jam when Murphy grounded out.

"I don't know what the right way to do it is", Davis said.

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