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*2009 All Star Game Wrap-up*

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The American League All-Star Team remained undefeated for the 13th consecutive year, defeating the National League 4-3 Wednesday night.


Roy Halladay got the start for the American League, facing Tim “The Freak” Lincecum of the National League. Halladay surrendered 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits through 2 innings, while Lincecum surrendered 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits through 2 innings. Buehrle, Greinke, Jackson, Hernandez, Papelbon, Nathan, and Rivera of the American League all pitched 1 inning each, allowing 0 runs and surrendering just 1 hit. Franklin, Haren, Billingsley, Hoffman, Cordero, Bell, and Rodriguez of the National League pitched an inning each, but allowed 2 runs on 6 hits. Papelbon earned the win for the AL and Bell took the loss for the NL. Rivera of the New York Yankees earned his fourth All Star save, setting a major league record for most career saves for an All-Star Game.

AL Starting Lineup: Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, Jason Bay, Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Aaron Hill, Roy Halladay
NL Starting Lineup: Hanley Ramirez, Chase Utley, Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun, Raul Ibanez, David Wright, Shane Victorino, Yadier Molina, Tim Lincecum
In the top of the first, Ichiro singled, and Jeter walked (HBP on the wrist), putting runners on first and second. Then Mauer hit a grounder to third base, where Wright stepped on the bag, but wasn’t able to get Mauer at 1st. Then Teixeira drove Jeter in with a grounder that was misplayed by Albert Pujols, resulting in an error and run #1 for the AL. Hamilton would later drive Mauer in for the AL’s second run in the first. But in the bottom of the 2nd, Yadier Molina of the Cardinals singled a ball up the middle, plating the NL’s 1st run of the evening. Molina would move to second on a throwing error by Hamilton who thew to third baseman Michael Young to get Victorino at second, but the ball bounced off the runner’s back, and rolled to the dugout, which scored Shane making it a 2-2 ballgame. Then Homerun Derby Champ Prince Fielder drove in Molina with an RBI double to left field, pushing the NL to a 3-2 lead. But the AL would get the run back, as Joe Mauer hit a double of his own to right field, plating Jeter (his second run of the game) in the fifth inning to tie things up at 3. In the bottom of the seventh, Carl Crawford stole a homerun from Bard Hawpe, making a leaping catch over the left center field wall, which turned out to be the play of the game. Crawford would later be named MVP of the game. We move to the top of the 8th where Curtis Granderson got things going, hitting a leadoff triple. Granderson scored later that inning on a sacrifice fly by the Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. Mariano Rivera was able to hold off the NL in the ninth, securing a save for the AL.

AL All-Stars AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Suzuki, I, RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333
  Jackson, E, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Morneau, 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jeter, SS 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Bartlett, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Mauer, C 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 .333
  Granderson, CF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.000
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Martinez, V, C 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Bay, LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500
  Jones, A, RF 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000
Hamilton, CF 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 .333
  Hernandez, F, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Papelbon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Youkilis, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000
  Nathan, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Rivera, Ma, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Young, M, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .333
  c-Zobrist, PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Hill, A, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Inge, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Halladay, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  Buehrle, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Greinke, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Crawford, PH-LF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .333
Totals 34 4 8 3 1 3 13  
a-Singled for Greinke in the 5th. b-Singled for Papelbon in the 8th. c-Struck out for Young, M in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Mauer (1, Billingsley).
3B: Granderson (1, Bell).
TB: Suzuki, I; Mauer 2; Granderson 3; Bay; Hamilton; Youkilis; Young, M; Crawford.
RBI: Hamilton (1), Mauer (1), Jones, A (1).
2-out RBI: Mauer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young, M; Teixeira; Zobrist.
SF: Jones, A.
GIDP: Young, M.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Hamilton (1, throw).

 
NL All-Stars AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ramirez, H, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Hoffman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Gonzalez, A, 1B 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Utley, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Hudson, O, PH-2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500
Pujols, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Cordero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Bell, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  e-Howard, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
  Rodriguez, F, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Braun, RF-LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Upton, J, PH-LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Ibanez, LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hawpe, RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Wright, D, 3B 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 .500
  Billingsley, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Tejada, SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Victorino, CF 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 .500
  Werth, CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Molina, Y, C 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500
  d-McCann, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Lincecum, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Fielder, PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
  Franklin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Haren, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Zimmerman, R, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 32 3 5 2 1 5 3  
a-Doubled for Lincecum in the 2nd. b-Flied out for Utley in the 6th. c-Grounded out for Braun in the 6th. d-Popped out for Molina, Y in the 8th. e-Struck out for Bell in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Fielder (1, Halladay).
TB: Hudson, O; Wright, D; Victorino; Molina, Y; Fielder 2.
RBI: Molina, Y (1), Fielder (1).
2-out RBI: Molina, Y; Fielder.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, H; Howard 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Hudson, O (1, 2nd base off Nathan/Martinez, V).

FIELDING
E: Pujols (1, fielding).
DP: (Utley-Tejada-Pujols).

With the win, the AL remained undefeated through 13 consecutive years and has secured home field advantage for the World Series. Overall, it was a well played ballgame, but I would have liked to see Wakefield pitch at least an inning. I mean, the guy is 42 and is likely not going to see another All Star Game, so why not let him pitch on the night of his first All Star Game? I would have also liked to see Ian Kinsler start at second base instead of Aaron Hill. I also thought it was messed up that Figgins didn’t get to play. He flew to St. Louis a hour before game time, on short notice, and wasn’t put in the game at all! Oh well… Guess you can’t play everyone… Would’ve liked the game to go into extra innings to see everyone play.

Good luck on the second half of the season. Leave comments on your opinion of the All Star Game…Otherwise Go Yankees!
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*Homerun Derby Analysis*

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On Tuesday July 13th, 2009, 8 sluggers battled it out for the chance to be named the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion. Many people of St. Louis believed it would be their hometown hero Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, but he barely managed to advance to the second round, forced to a swing-off between him, Carlos Pena of the Rays, and Joe Mauer of the Twins. Albert was able to come out victorious in the swing-off after Pena only hit 1 and Mauer, zero. 


In the second round, Pujols would have to face Ryan Howard, Nelson Cruz, and Prince Fielder. Pujols and Howard were eliminated, which left Fielder and Cruz in the finals.

I was rooting for Cruz because he was my second choice after Mauer, and I think that he was the underdog at the time. It would have been nice to see Cruz get his name out there as the Home Run King but he still was able to keep it close and put on a show for the fans. Prince walked away with the crown, after hitting 23 homers on the night, and was announced the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion. Congratulations to Prince Fielder; the 2009 Home Run Derby Champion!

*Homerun Derby Predictions*

As you may know the 2009 Homerun Derby is tomorrow! I can’t wait, as I watch the Homerun Derby and All Star Game every year! It’s so fun to watch MLB’s biggest sluggers go out there and hit monster shots. You won’t see this in batting practice! Anyways, I just wanted to give you my prediction on who will go the distance and possibly win the 2009 Homerun Derby.

Derby Participants

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Albert Pujols

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Prince Fielder
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Joe Mauer

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Brandon Inge

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Ryan Howard

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Adrian Gonzalez
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Nelson Cruz

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Carlos Pena


Advancing to the second round will be…
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Pujols
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Mauer
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Howard
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Pena

Advancing to the finals will be…
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Pujols

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Mauer


2009 State Farm HomeRun Derby Champion…

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Albert Pujols

Now of course I would want to see Mauer win. I just love watching him bat and he is probably the best all around hitter in baseball. He can hit for power and average and is a great clutch hitter. But I went with Pujols because he has home field advantage and knows where to hit the ball. He also has the most power I’ve ever seen! But I could be wrong. Just like last year, even though Hamilton put on a show, Morneau still came out on top (even though Hamilton deserved it). Who knows? Maybe the M&M boys will win the Derby back-to-back.