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article imageMLB: National League wins All Star Game

By Michael Bearak     Jul 14, 2010 in Sports
The National League has finally broken through and won the All Star game by a final score of 3-1. It is their first All Star game victory since 1996.
The National League rode a bases loaded double in the top of the seventh inning to take a 3-1 lead over the American League in the annual mid-season classic.
It was Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves who came through with the double, and that was all the National League needed to break a 14-year drought of losing to the American League. There was the one year the two teams played to a tie, but that still didn't help the National League.
The winner of the All Star games gets home field advantage for the World Series, and while the National League teams have won some titles in the last 14 years, it isn't the same as knowing that they will have four games if need be on their home field.
McCann's double scored Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds, Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Marlon Byrd of the Chicago Cubs. Ironically, all the runs that crossed the plate were of NL-Central teams too.
McCann won the All-Star Game MVP award.
Matt Capps of the Washington Nationals got the victory, while Jonathan Broxton of the Los Angeles Dodgers recorded the save. The losing pitcher was Phil Hughes of the New York Yankees.
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