2010 All-Star Game
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The 2010 All-Star Game was held on July 13, 2010 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. It was the 81st edition of the midsummer classic. The National League defeated the American League, 3-1, to claim its first victory in the mid-summer classic since 1996.
There were several rule changes introduced with this All-Star Game:
- Rosters were increased to 34 players.
- Pitchers who started on the Sunday before the All-Star Game were considered All-Stars, but were replaced on the roster.
- The Designated Hitter rule would be used in every All-Star Game starting with this year's. The National League's starting DH was determined by the manager, while the American League's was designated in fan voting.
- One player on each team was designated as eligible for re-entry if needed.
 The Teams
 American League
|Elvis Andrus||Texas Rangers||SS||Player Ballot|
|Andrew Bailey||Oakland Athletics||P||Replacement Pitcher||Replaced Weaver|
|Jose Bautista||Toronto Blue Jays||OF||Player Ballot|
|Adrian Beltre||Boston Red Sox||3B||Player Ballot|
|Clay Buchholz||Boston Red Sox||P||Player Ballot||Replaced due to injury|
|John Buck||Toronto Blue Jays||C||Injury Replacement||Replaced Martinez|
|Miguel Cabrera||Detroit Tigers||1B||Player Ballot||Started for Morneau|
|Trevor Cahill||Oakland Athletics||P||Manager Selection||Replaced under Sunday Starter Rule|
|Robinson Cano||New York Yankees||2B||Starter|
|Fausto Carmona||Cleveland Indians||P||Manager Selection||did not play|
|Carl Crawford||Tampa Bay Rays||OF||Starter|
|Vladimir Guerrero||Texas Rangers||DH||Starter|
|Neftali Feliz||Texas Rangers||P||Player Ballot||did not play|
|Josh Hamilton||Texas Rangers||OF||Starter|
|Phil Hughes||New York Yankees||P||Player Ballot|
|Torii Hunter||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||OF||Player Ballot|
|Derek Jeter||New York Yankees||SS||Starter|
|Ian Kinsler||Texas Rangers||2B||Injury Replacement||Replaced Pedroia|
|Paul Konerko||Chicago White Sox||1B||Injury Replacement||Replaced Morneau|
|Cliff Lee||Texas Rangers||P||Player Ballot||Lee was named while on the Seattle Mariners,|
but was traded to Texas 5 days before the game.
|Jon Lester||Boston Red Sox||P||Player Ballot|
|Evan Longoria||Tampa Bay Rays||3B||Starter|
|Victor Martinez||Boston Red Sox||C||Player Ballot||Replaced due to injury|
|Joe Mauer||Minnesota Twins||C||Starter||Leading Vote-Getter|
|Justin Morneau||Minnesota Twins||1B||Starter||Replaced due to injury|
|David Ortiz||Boston Red Sox||DH||Player Ballot|
|Dustin Pedroia||Boston Red Sox||2B||Player Ballot||Replaced due to injury|
|Andy Pettitte||New York Yankees||P||Injury Replacement||Replaced Buchholz|
|David Price||Tampa Bay Rays||P||Player Ballot||Starting Pitcher|
|Mariano Rivera||New York Yankees||P||Player Ballot||Replaced due to injury|
|Alex Rodriguez||New York Yankees||3B||Manager Selection||did not play|
|CC Sabathia||New York Yankees||P||Manager Selection||Replaced under Sunday Starter rule|
|Joakim Soria||Kansas City Royals||P||Manager Selection||did not play|
|Rafael Soriano||Tampa Bay Rays||P||Injury Replacement||Replaced Rivera|
|Ichiro Suzuki||Seattle Mariners||OF||Starter|
|Nick Swisher||New York Yankees||OF||Final Man|
|Matt Thornton||Chicago White Sox||P||Manager Selection|
|Jose Valverde||Detroit Tigers||P||Player Ballot|
|Justin Verlander||Detroit Tigers||P||Replacement Pitcher||Replaced Sabathia|
|Jered Weaver||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||P||Replacement Pitcher||Replaced Cahill|
Replaced under Sunday Starter Rule
|Vernon Wells||Toronto Blue Jays||OF||Player Ballot|
|Ty Wigginton||Baltimore Orioles||2B||Manager Selection|
On July 12, Joe Girardi announced that 3B Michael Young of the Texas Rangers would be replacing Adrian Beltre because the latter had a pulled hamstring, but Beltre confirmed shortly thereafter that his injury was minor and that he would be available to play in the game.
 National League
|Heath Bell||San Diego Padres||P||Injury Replacement||Replaced Gallardo|
|Michael Bourn||Houston Astros||OF||Manager Selection|
|Ryan Braun||Milwaukee Brewers||OF||Starter|
|Jonathan Broxton||Los Angeles Dodgers||P||Player Ballot|
|Marlon Byrd||Chicago Cubs||OF||Player Ballot|
|Matt Capps||Washington Nationals||P||Player Ballot|
|Chris Carpenter||St. Louis Cardinals||P||Manager Selection||did not play|
|Andre Ethier||Los Angeles Dodgers||OF||Starter|
|Rafael Furcal||Los Angeles Dodgers||SS||Injury Replacement||Replaced Reyes|
|Yovani Gallardo||Milwaukee Brewers||P||Manager Selection||Replaced due to injury|
|Adrian Gonzalez||San Diego Padres||1B||Player Ballot|
|Roy Halladay||Philadelphia Phillies||P||Player Ballot|
|Corey Hart||Milwaukee Brewers||OF||Player Ballot||Started for Heyward|
|Jason Heyward||Atlanta Braves||OF||Starter||Replaced due to injury|
|Matt Holliday||St. Louis Cardinals||OF||Player Ballot|
|Ryan Howard||Philadelphia Phillies||1B||Manager Selection||Started at DH|
|Tim Hudson||Atlanta Braves||P||Manager Selection||did not play|
|Omar Infante||Atlanta Braves||3B||Manager Selection||did not play|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||Colorado Rockies||P||Player Ballot||Starting Pitcher|
|Josh Johnson||Florida Marlins||P||Player Ballot|
|Hong-Chih Kuo||Los Angeles Dodgers||P||Injury Replacement||Replaced Heyward|
|Tim Lincecum||San Francisco Giants||P||Player Ballot||did not play|
|Brian McCann||Atlanta Braves||C||Player Ballot||All-Star Game MVP|
|Evan Meek||Pittsburgh Pirates||P||Manager Selection||did not play|
|Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals||C||Starter|
|Brandon Phillips||Cincinnati Reds||2B||Injury Replacement||Replaced Utley|
|Martin Prado||Atlanta Braves||2B||Player Ballot||Started for Utley|
|Albert Pujols||St. Louis Cardinals||1B||Starter||NL's Highest Vote-Getter|
|Hanley Ramirez||Florida Marlins||SS||Starter|
|Jose Reyes||New York Mets||SS||Injury Replacement||Replaced Tulowitzki|
Replaced due to injury
|Arthur Rhodes||Cincinnati Reds||P||Manager Selection||did not play|
|Scott Rolen||Cincinnati Reds||3B||Player Ballot|
|Troy Tulowitzki||Colorado Rockies||SS||Player Ballot||Replaced due to injury|
|Chase Utley||Philadelphia Phillies||2B||Starter||Replaced due to injury|
|Joey Votto||Cincinnati Reds||1B||Final Man|
|Adam Wainwright||St. Louis Cardinals||P||Player Ballot|
|Brian Wilson||San Francisco Giants||P||Player Ballot|
|David Wright||New York Mets||3B||Starter|
|Chris Young||Arizona Diamondbacks||OF||Manager Selection|
 The Game
The first half of the 2010 season was dominated by pitching, with four no-hitters, including two perfect games, being thrown, and another perfect game being lost on an obvious umpiring blunder with two outs in the 9th inning. In this context, it is not surprising that pitching dominated the All-Star Game, with each team only managing one run-scoring play. However, the National League's took place with the bases loaded, providing the difference in the 3-1 final score. Former California Angels great Rod Carew threw out the ceremonial first pitch, zipping a perfect fastball to set the tone for the game. There was also a minute of silence in honor of long-time New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who had passed away that morning. In the bottom of the first, Derek Jeter was brought to the plate by the recorded voice of long-time Yankee Stadium announcer Bob Sheppard, who had passed away two days earlier.
The top winners in each league, Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies, sporting a 15-1 record, and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, 12-4, were designated by their managers to start. Both young starters were excellent, each pitching two scoreless innings. Their successors, top starting pitchers from their respective circuits, held the game scoreless over the next few frames, with the Florida Marlins' Josh Johnson being particularly impressive as he set down all six batters he faced, while Cliff Lee, newly-acquired by the Texas Rangers only needed 6 pitches to retire the side in order in the 4th.
One of the first highlights came in the 5th, when David Wright led off with a single against Justin Verlander for the NL, then proceeded to steal second base as Joe Mauer's throw sailed into center field. Wright went to third on Andre Ethier's one-out single, but Verlander retired Corey Hart and Brian McCann to end the threat. The AL immediately replied against Hong-Chih Kuo of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Evan Longoria drew a lead-off walk after falling behind 0-2; Mauer then hit a routine grounder to the left of the mound, which Kuo fielded cleanly, but his throw to first was a good 20 feet over the first baseman's head, placing the runners on second and third with none out. Robinson Cano followed with a deep fly ball for a sacrifice fly that scored the game's first run. Then, in a play that killed the AL's momentum, Carl Crawford hit a ball to Hanley Ramirez at shortstop; for some inexplicable reason, Mauer was running from second and Ramirez's throw to Scott Rolen at third base retired him easily. Heath Bell came in to pitch and ended the inning.
The score stayed at 1-0 until the top of the 7th, when new AL pitcher Philip Hughes issued a one-out walk to Rolen. Matt Holliday followed with a single to center, and Rolen, running all the way, made it to third. Lefty Matt Thornton came in to pitch and induced pinch-hitter Chris Young to pop-up to first for the second out. However, Marlon Byrd managed to draw a walk, and McCann seized his second opportunity to drive in a run, hitting a ball deep into the right field corner. Rolen and Holliday scored easily, and Byrd, running all out from first also made it all the way home, sliding in under Jose Bautista's throw to make it 3-1.
The National League then got some clutch pitching from Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals in the bottom of the 7th. After his teammate Holliday put him in trouble by misplaying a fly ball by John Buck into a double, Wainwright walked Ian Kinsler, but retired Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter, the latter striking out on a knee-buckling curveball to end the threat. The 8th inning saw closers Rafael Soriano of the Rays and Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants make quick work of their opponents, both pitching 1-2-3 innings, and Jose Valverde followed by striking out the side in the top of the 9th.
It was now up to Jonathan Broxton of the crosstown Dodgers to clinch the National League's first win in the classic since the mid-1990s. He immediately put himself in trouble by giving up a lead-off single to David Ortiz. However, with Alex Rodriguez still on the bench and Ty Wigginton eligible to re-enter the game, AL manager Joe Girardi elected not to put in a pinch runner for the lumbering slugger, and it would cost him dearly. Adrian Beltre was overwhelmed by Broxton's heat and struck out, but Buck followed by poking a ball into right field which fell just in front of Byrd for an apparent single. However Byrd grabbed the ball on the bounce and fired a rocket to Rafael Furcal to nab Ortiz at second base; Big Papi had hesitated between first and second, not knowing whether Byrd would catch the flare, and was unable to make it to the next base when the ball landed safely. That play ended what was a developing dangerous situation. The next batter, Kinsler, hit a fly ball to deep center, but Young gathered it easily to end the game and give the National League home field advantage in the 2010 World Series.
McCann was named the game's MVP for his clutch double, while Matt Capps inherited the win, having struck out David Ortiz, the only batter he faced, to end the 6th inning. Hughes was the loser, being charged with the first two NL runs, while Broxton earned the save.
 Starting Lineups
|National League|| Batting
|Hanley Ramirez||SS||Florida Marlins||1||Ichiro Suzuki||RF||Seattle Mariners|
|Martin Prado||2B||Atlanta Braves||2||Derek Jeter||SS||New York Yankees|
|Albert Pujols||1B||St. Louis Cardinals||3||Miguel Cabrera||1B||Detroit Tigers|
|Ryan Howard||DH||Philadelphia Phillies||4||Josh Hamilton||CF||Texas Rangers|
|David Wright||3B||New York Mets||5||Vladimir Guerrero||DH||Texas Rangers|
|Ryan Braun||LF||Milwaukee Brewers||6||Evan Longoria||3B||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Andre Ethier||CF||Los Angeles Dodgers||7||Joe Mauer||C||Minnesota Twins|
|Corey Hart||RF||Milwaukee Brewers||8||Robinson Cano||2B||New York Yankees|
|Yadier Molina||C||St. Louis Cardinals||9||Carl Crawford||LF||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||P||Colorado Rockies||SP||David Price||P||Tampa Bay Rays|
Suzuki and Jeter batted 1-2 for the AL for the fifth consecutive season. Ramirez and the NL second baseman (Chase Utley in 2008-09) batted 1-2 for the NL for the third consecutive season.
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