Verlander struggles; NL wins home-field advantage
American League starting pitcher Justin Verlander gave up five runs in the first inning but one run was all the National League needed.
The National League will have home-field advantage in the World Series after an 8-0 shutout win in Kansas City.
It is just the 8th shutout in All-Star game history.
The San Francisco Giants trio of players shined as Melky Cabrera took home the game MVP after a 2 for 3, 2 RBI and a homerun performance.
Giant’s third basemen Pablo Sandoval hit a bases clearing triple off Verlander in the first inning and starter Matt Cain picked up the win for the NL.
Detroit Tigers first basemen Prince Fielder went 0 for 2, while Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 1.
Verlander, who admitted to going away from his normal routine before starting a game, threw five pitches over 100 mph, a feat he usually does in the later innings. Verlander wanted to put on a show for the fans and did, but couldn’t find the strike zone.
Despite the struggles in the All-Star game itself, the Tigers were well represented over the three day event.
Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos took home the MVP trophy for the Future’s All-Star Game, and of course, Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby yesterday.