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AL Clinches Home-Field Advantage in World Series

AL Clinches Home-Field Advantage in World Series


The pitching of the American League dominated the lineup of the National League, leading to a three-hit shutout of the NL All-Stars and a 3-0 win for the AL in the 2013 All-StarGame. With the win, the American League clinched home-field advantage in the World Series. The 3-0 win by the AL, combined with the 8-0 win by the NL last year, marks the first time in the All-Star Game’s 84 year history that the losing team was held to zero runs in back-to-back years.

The first three innings of the game were a pitcher’s duel, with the teams combining for only one hit. However, the AL struck first in the  4th inning on a Jose Bautista sacrifice fly that plated Miguel Cabrera following a Cabrera double and Chris Davis single. Another run was added by the American League in the next inning on a JJ Hardy fielder’s choice that scored Adam Jones. The final insurance run was added in the 8th inning when Jason Kipnis doubled, scoring Salvador Perez.

Thirteen-time All-Star Mariano Rivera was given a special introduction and standing ovation in the 8th inning when he was called on for what will be his final appearance in the All-Star game. Rivera is set to retire at the end of the year. Rivera was later named the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player of the game and presented with the trophy by Bud Selig. Commissioner Selig called Rivera the “greatest reliever” in the history of the game during the presentation of the award. 

The AL pitching staff combined for 8 strikeouts and held the NL to just 3 hits, while giving up only one walk. Patrick Corbin was credited with the loss in what was his first All-Star Game appearance.

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