AL blanks NL 3-0 as MVP Rivera gets a hold
NEW YORK (AP) -- American League pitchers shut down the best of the National League and blanked the Senior Circuit 3-0 to win baseball's annual midsummer classic, the All-Star Game. That ends the National League's three-game winning streak and means the American League team that advances to the World Series will have home-field advantage.
Ten American League pitchers held NL batters to three hits and combined on the shutout. The emotional highlight was 43-year-old New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the all-time leader with 638 career saves, working a 1-2-3 eighth inning to cheers of the Citi Field crowd.
Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, received a 90-second standing ovation from fans, teammates and opposing players when he entered the game. Rivera doffed his cap and officially earned a hold for his scoreless frame in his 13th All-Star Game. He was named MVP.
Starter Max Scherzer of Detroit went the first inning. Winning pitcher Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox worked two innings. Seattle's Felix Hernandez, Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Oakland's Grant Balfour, Kansas City's Greg Holland, Toronto's Brett Cecil, Toronto's Steve Delabar preceded Rivera's eighth inning. Joe Nathan of Texas closed it out in the ninth for the save.
Toronto's Jose Bautista drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Baltimore's J.J. Hardy's fielder's choice drove in the second run in the fifth inning. Cleveland's Jason Kipnis had an RBI double in the eighth.
This was the ninth shutout in the 84-game history of the All-Star game, and second in a row. All-time, the NL holds a 43-39-2 advantage.
Cano leaves in first inning
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') hobbled off the field soon after being hit on the side of the right knee by a pitch from Mets ace Matt Harvey in the first inning of the All-Star game. Boston's Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) pinch ran for Cano and remained in the game. X-rays were negative and Cano said he ought to be ready when the season resumes Friday.
Cano, one of the few Yankees stars who remained healthy through the first half of the season, leads the team with 21 homers and 65 RBIs.
Here comes more replay
NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball says it is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay for umpires' calls next year. MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre told reporters, "we're pretty confident we'll have it in place for 2014."
An agreement would be needed with the unions for players and umpires.
Union says suspensions will not be this year
NEW YORK (AP) -- The baseball players' association says any suspensions resulting from the sport's latest drug investigation likely won't be served until next year if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator. The head of the union, Michael Weiner (WEE'-nur) says he expects Major League Baseball will notify the union of its plans for penalties in the next month, and the union will maintain that any discipline should not be announced until after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds a ban.
Former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are among the players under investigation for ties to Biogenesis, a closed anti-aging clinic linked with the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
Clark in line to be deputy union chief
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former major league first baseman Tony Clark, who joined the union staff in 2010 after a 15-year playing career, has emerged as the top contender for the deputy executive director at the baseball players union. Michael Weiner (WEE'-nur), the current executive director, is still on the job despite having been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and currently confined to a wheelchair.
Weiner took over from Donald Fehr (feer) in December 2009 to become the fourth head of the union since 1966. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last August and remains at work. The union will appoint a deputy executive director within two weeks, and the union's executive board will decide whether that deputy will succeed him. The executive board meets in La Jolla, Calif., from Dec. 2-5.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter says it's tough to see Weiner's health in decline. "But at the same time, he's happy. He doesn't want the sympathy, and he still wants to work," Hunter says.
Kings get Carcillo from champs
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Daniel Carcillo in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks, who beat the Kings in the Western Conference finals on their way to the Stanley Cup title, received a conditional selection in the 2015 draft.