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The 2011 All-Star Game was played on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, AZ, with the National League winning 5-1 over the American League and thus securing for itself home field advantage in the 2011 World Series. It was the 82nd All-Star Game between the the two major leagues. Former Arizona Diamondbacks star OF Luis Gonzalez was named Major League Baseball special ambassador for the game, helping in promotion activities. For the first time, the players wore special All-Star Game uniforms, similar to their team jerseys, but with two gold stars added to the back of their caps and jerseys. Jose Bautista set a record by receiving 7.4 million votes from fans in the balloting, shattering the previous record of 6 million votes received by Ken Griffey, Jr. for the 1994 All-Star Game. There were a record 84 All-Stars named, the result of a rash of injuries and of the application of the "Sunday Starter" rule, preventing any pitcher who started a game on the Sunday before the All-Star Game from taking part in the game.

Contents

[edit] The Teams

[edit] American League

Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers managed the American League team, with coaches Manny Acta of the Cleveland Indians and John Farrell of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Alex Avila Detroit Tigers C Starter
Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays OF Starter Leading Vote-Getter
Josh Beckett Boston Red Sox P Player Ballot
Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers 3B Player Ballot
Asdrubal Cabrera Cleveland Indians SS Player Ballot
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 1B Manager Selection
Robinson Cano New York Yankees 2B Starter
Aaron Crow Kansas City Royals P Manager Selection Did not play
Michael Cuddyer Minnesota Twins OF Player Ballot
Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox OF Player Ballot
Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox 1B Starter
Gio Gonzalez Oakland Athletics P Manager Selection
Curtis Granderson New York Yankees OF Starter
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers OF Starter
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners P Player Ballot Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS Starter Replaced because of injury
Matt Joyce Tampa Bay Rays OF Player Ballot
Howie Kendrick Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Player Ballot
Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox 1B Final Vote Winner
Brandon League Seattle Mariners P Player Ballot
Jon Lester Boston Red Sox P Injury Replacement Replaced Hernandez
Replaced because of injury
Russell Martin New York Yankees C Player Ballot Did not play
Alexi Ogando Texcas Rangers P Injury Replacement Replaced Verlander
David Ortiz Boston Red Sox DH Starter
Jhonny Peralta Detroit Tigers SS Injury Replacement Replaced Jeter
Chris Perez Cleveland Indians P Player Ballot
Michael Pineda Seattle Mariners P Injury Replacement Replaced Sabathia
David Price Tampa Bay Rays P Manager Selection Replaced because of injury
Carlos Quentin Chicago White Sox OF Player Ballot
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees P Player Ballot Replaced because of injury
David Robertson New York Yankees P Injury Replacement Replaced Price
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees 3B Starter Replaced because of injury
Ricky Romero Toronto Blue Jays P Injury Replacement Replaced Lester
Did not play
CC Sabathia New York Yankees P Injury Replacement Replaced Shields
Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
James Shields Tampa Bay Rays P Player Ballot Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Jose Valverde Detroit Tigers P Manager Selection Did not play
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers P Player Ballot Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Jordan Walden Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim P Injury Replacement Replaced Rivera
Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim P Player Ballot Starting Pitcher
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles C Manager Selection
C.J. Wilson Texcas Rangers P Manager Selection
Kevin Youkilis Boston Red Sox 3B Injury Replacement Replaced Rodriguez
Michael Young Texas Rangers DH Player Ballot

[edit] National League

Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants managed the National League team, with coaches Kirk Gibson of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Mike Quade of the Chicago Cubs; Jim Riggleman of the Washington Nationals had originally been named to the coaching staff, but resigned in late June and was replaced by Quade.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Heath Bell San Diego Padres P Manager Selection
Carlos Beltran New York Mets OF Manager Selection
Lance Berkman St. Louis Cardinals OF Starter
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers OF Starter Leading National League vote-getter
Replaced because of injury
Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds OF Player Ballot
Matt Cain San Francisco Giants P Manager Selection Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs SS Manager Selection
Tyler Clippard Washington Nationals P Manager Selection
Kevin Correia Pittsburgh Pirates P Injury Replacement Replaced Hamels
Did not play
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers OF Injury Replacement Replaced Victorino
Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers 1B Starter
Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies P Player Ballot Starting Pitcher
Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies P Player Ballot Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Joel Hanrahan Pittsburgh Pirates P Player Ballot
Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals OF Player Ballot
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 3B Player Ballot Replaced because of injury
Jair Jurrjens Atlanta Braves P Player Ballot
Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers OF Starter
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers P Player Ballot
Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves P Injury Replacement Replaced Cain
Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies P Player Ballot
Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants P Manager Selection Did not play
Brian McCann Atlanta Braves C Starter
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates OF Injury Replacement Replaced Braun
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals C Player Ballot
Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks C Injury Replacement Replaced Polanco
Hunter Pence Houston Astros OF Player Ballot
Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds 2B Player Ballot
Placido Polanco Philadelphia Phillies 3B Starter Replaced because of injury
Jose Reyes New York Mets SS Starter Replaced because of injury
Scott Rolen Cincinnati Reds 3B Injury Replacement Replaced Jones
Gaby Sanchez Florida Marlins 1B Manager Selection
Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants 3B Injury Replacement Replaced Reyes
Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies SS Player Ballot
Justin Upton Arizona Diamondbacks OF Manager Selection
Jonny Venters Atlanta Braves P Player Ballot
Shane Victorino Philadelphia Phillies OF Final Vote Winner Replaced because of injury
Ryan Vogelsong San Francisco Giants P Manager Selection Did not play
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds 1B Player Ballot
Rickie Weeks Milwaukee Brewers 2B Starter
Brian Wilson San Francisco Giants P Player Ballot

[edit] The Game

The National League won the 2011 All-Star game, 5-1, with a combination of excellent pitching and timely hitting. There was concern going into the game that the American League pitching staff was depleted because a number of its top pitchers were unavailable either because of the "Sunday Starter" rule or injuries; this concern would prove valid, as the National League scored all its runs against hurlers making their first All-Star appearance. The senior circuit did not have the same problem, and used its front-line pitching to keep the powerful AL line-up in check.

The National League pitchers started the game by retiring the AL batters in order in the first three innings. Starter Roy Halladay pitched two perfect inning, and his teammate with the Philadelphia Phillies, Cliff Lee, followed suit in the third. Meanwhile, AL pitchers kept pace, even though starter Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim allowed a two-out single to Matt Kemp in the 1st inning. Josh Beckett was due to pitch the 2nd inning for the AL, but felt a twinge in his knee warming up and gave way to young David Robertson without making a pitch, further thinning his team's pitching staff. Robertson was helped by a tremendous sliding catch by Jose Bautista of a fly ball hit by Brian McCann into the foul area of Chase Field's right field corner. Lance Berkman followed with a single, but was caught stealing when Matt Holliday struck out and he left the second base bag after beating C Alex Avila's throw. Rookie Michael Pineda of the Seattle Mariners then pitched a perfect 3rd inning, picking up two strikeouts, before the scoring started in the 4th.

Cliff Lee retired the first two batters he faced in the 4th, running the string of consecutive outs to start the game to 11, but then gave up a solo home run to Boston's Adrian Gonzalez. Bautista followed with a flare between first base and right field; running all out with his back to the plate, 1B Prince Fielder managed to put a glove on the ball, but it fell in for a single. Josh Hamilton then lined a single into center, and NL manager Bruce Bochy removed Lee, bringing in Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard. Adrian Beltre singled to left, but, in one of the key plays of the game, Bautista was out at home trying to score from second base on a perfect throw from Hunter Pence to McCann. C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers came in to pitch the 4th but immediately got himself in trouble by allowing back-to-back singles by DH Carlos Beltran and Kemp. Fielder followed and ripped a pitch to the deepest part of center field. It bounced on top of the wall, hit the back of a camera bay beyond the outfield fence and fell back on the field for a game-turning three-run homer.

Now with a 3-1 lead, the National League proceeded to use its pitching superiority to its advantage. Clayton Kershaw pitched a perfect 5th inning, then a trio of Atlanta Braves secured the next three frames. Jair Jurrjens got five outs, and after a single by Kevin Youkilis with two outs in the 7th, Craig Kimbrel replaced him and got the last out. Jonny Venters then got the first two outs in the 8th, after which Bochy summoned San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell from the bullpen. To the crowd's delight, Bell came running in at full tilt from the outfield and slid on his way to the mound for a spectacular entrance; he then induced Jhonny Peralta to pop-up to end the inning. Meanwhile, the National League had victimized a couple of less-experienced AL pitchers for two more runs. In the 5th, Troy Tulowitzki led off the inning with a single off Jordan Walden and was replaced by pinch-runner Starlin Castro. Castro proceeded to steal second and third base while Walden struck out Scott Rolen; Rickie Weeks followed with a bouncer back towards the mound. Walden made a tremendous play, fielding the ball on the bounce with his bare hand and firing a strike to C Avila to retire Castro. Weeks then stole second base and scored on pinch-hitter Andre Ethier's single; Bautista's throw from right field was cut off by 1B Miguel Cabrera who caught Ethier in a no man's land between first and second, ending the inning. Chris Perez threw a scoreless 6th, but the National League added a fifth and final run in the 7th off Brandon League. Pence led off the inning with a single and, after Castro struck out swinging, catcher Matt Wieters missed one of League's heavily-moving cut fastballs, allowing Pence to reach third base on the passed ball. Pablo Sandoval followed with a double that bounced into the left-field bullpen for a 5-1 lead.

After the National League failed to score in the 8th, the American League's final chance came against Joel Hanrahan in the top of the 9th. Michael Young struck out swinging to start the inning, but Carlos Quentin reached second on a throwing error by SS Castro. Matt Joyce then singled, moving Quentin to third, and moved up to third base when RF Jay Bruce's throw to prevent Quentin from scoring was off the mark. With the tying run in the on-deck circle and two runners now in scoring position, Bochy replaced Hanrahan with his own closer, the heavily-bearded Brian Wilson. True to his reputation as one of the game's top relief pitchers, Wilson induced Michael Cuddyer to hit a short fly to right for the second out, then Paul Konerko hit another ground ball to Castro. This time the young Cubs shortstop fielded it cleanly and threw to Joey Votto at first base to end the game.

Prince Fielder was named the game's MVP as his three-run homer off C.J. Wilson in the 4th inning was the deciding blow in the contest. Tyler Clippard was the winner, in spite of allowing a hit to the only batter he faced; C.J. Wilson was charged with the loss, and Brian Wilson picked up the save.

[edit] Starting Lineups

American League Batting
Order
National League
Player Position Team Player Position Team
Curtis Granderson CF New York Yankees 1 Rickie Weeks 2B Milwaukee Brewers
Asdrubal Cabrera SS Cleveland Indians 2 Carlos Beltran DH New York Mets
Adrian Gonzalez 1B Boston Red Sox 3 Matt Kemp CF Los Angeles Dodgers
Jose Bautista RF Toronto Blue Jays 4 Prince Fielder 1B Milwaukee Brewers
Josh Hamilton LF Texas Rangers 5 Brian McCann C Atlanta Braves
Adrian Beltre 3B Texas Rangers 6 Lance Berkman RF St. Louis Cardinals
David Ortiz DH Boston Red Sox 7 Matt Holliday LF St. Louis Cardinals
Robinson Cano 2B New York Yankees 8 Troy Tulowitzki SS Colorado Rockies
Alex Avila C Detroit Tigers 9 Scott Rolen 3B Cincinnati Reds
Jered Weaver P Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Roy Halladay P Philadelphia Phillies

[edit] Line Score

July 12, 2011 at Chase Field (47,994), night game - Baseball Reference scoresheet

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
National 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 x 5 9 2

Pitchers

American: Jered Weaver, David Robertson, Michael Pineda, C.J. Wilson (L), Jordan Walden, Chris Perez, Brandon League, Alexi Ogando, Gio Gonzalez
National: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Tyler Clippard (W), Clayton Kershaw, Jair Jurrjens, Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, Heath Bell, Joel Hanrahan, Brian Wilson (SV)

Home Runs

American: Adrian Gonzalez (4th)
National: Prince Fielder (4th)

[edit] Umpires

HP: Dale Scott, 1B: Jerry Layne, 2B: Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B: Dan Iassogna, LF: Ed Hickox, RF: Chris Guccione


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