2012 MLB All-Star Game: National League Cruises To 8-0 Victory

Mike Trout was one of the lone bright spots for the AL, becoming the third-youngest player to record a hit in the Mid-Summer Classic.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: National League Dominates, Clayton Kershaw Escapes Jam To Preserve Shutout

The National League won the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in convincing fashion, dismantling the American League by a score of 8-0 in front of a great crowd at Kauffmann Stadium. The NL's representative at the World Series will have home field advantage, which could end up being huge should the Dodgers make it.

The Dodgers had just one representative at this year's Mid-Summer Classic due to injuries, and that was ace lefty Clayton Kershaw. Despite loading the bases with two outs, Kershaw got Ian Kinsler to fly out to end the threat in the fifth inning.

The Angels had a few players at the game. Jered Weaver tossed a perfect frame in the fifth inning. 19-year-old phenom Mike Trout singled and drew a walk. Mark Trumbo had two plate appearances and struck out both times.

The National League struck for five runs in the first inning, headlined by a three-run triple from Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Melky Cabrera belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning to increase the lead to 8-0. He was named MVP for his efforts on Tuesday night.

As for the Dodgers, they'll have two more days off before returning to the field on Friday evening. They'll face the Padres for three games at home to get things going. The Angels will also play on Friday against the Yankees in New York.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: NL Wins 8-0

The American League never really put up much of a fight as the National League coasted to their third straight All-Star Game victory, 8-0.

The NL Squad tagged Justin Verlander early with five runs in the first and added three more in the fourth as an exclamation point. Jered Weaver pitched a clean inning in the fifth for his appearance. Mike Trout did everything that makes everyone drool about Mike Trout in two at-bats. He singled off of R.A. Dickey on the second pitch and then promptly scored second. He walked in his second at-bat. Mark Trumbo didn't do nearly as well as his teammate, striking out against Dickey's knuckler and Aroldis Chapman's insane fastball.

Clayton Kershaw struggled a bit in his inning of relief but made it out unscathed. Kershaw retired Adrian Beltre before David Ortiz singled. Bryce Harper then lost a Mike Napoli fly ball in the sun. Kershaw got Curtis Granderson to hit right back to the mound before walking Asdrubal Cabrera just for kicks. Harper got a chance at redemption as Ian Kinsler flew out to end the threat.

In one of the nicer moments of the game, the Kauffman Stadium crowd gave Chipper Jones a standing ovation after he recorded a hit in what will be the final All-Star Game of his long career.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Trout Does Trout Things, Trumbo Strikes Out

With all the hype of Bryce Harper and how he messed up last inning, it was up to Mike Trout do put on a good show to prove the youngsters both belong, and Mike Trout did what Mike Trout always seems to do. Trout lined a single up center off of R.A. Dickey on the second pitch he saw, waited two pitches, and stole second base.

After Trout, fellow Angels soon to be uber-star Mark Trumbo got foiled by Dickey's knuckleball like a lot of hitters have been in the National League and struck out. Dickey beaned Paul Konerko and got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play as the soon to become notorious Kansas City crowd booed Cabrera because Billy Butler was in the on-deck circle.

The National League appears to be coasting to victory on this one as the American League hasn't been able to muster much, or capitalize on anything. The NL still leads 8-0 through six innings.

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MLB All Star Game: Kershaw and Weaver Put Up Zeroes; NL Leads 8-0

The San Francisco Giants have accounted for five of the eight National League runs as the NL is on its way to coasting to home field advantage throughout the World Series, leading 8-0 through five innings.

Justin Verlander struggled mightily in the first inning as he gave up five runs, highlighted by a bases loaded triple by Pablo Sandoval. Fellow Giant Melky Cabrera added a two home run in the fourth inning.

Jered Weaver took the mound in the fifth inning to face uber-prosepect Bryce Harper. He fell behind 3-0 before eventually walking him on a full count. He retired Buster Posey on a long, long fly ball to left field for the first out. Weaver made a nice defensive grab on a David Wright hit to catch Harper in a run down, and finally retired Dan Uggla to end the inning.

Clayton Kershaw, who is the Los Angeles Dodgers lone all star after Kemp bowed out due to injury, gave up a single to David Ortiz. Bryce Harper than lost a ball in the sun, before Kershaw decided to make things interesting. He got Curtis Granderson to ground out to the pitchers mound, but then walked Asdrubal Cabrera to load the bases. Kershaw then got Kinsler to fly out to Harper for a second try to end the inning.

Meanwhile, the intern manning the MLB twitter handle gets one of five possible details incorrect.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Lineup, TV Schedule, Streaming And More

Today is the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, which takes place in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. The winner of the game earns home-field advantage for their league in the 2012 World Series this October.

With Matt Kemp scratched, the Dodgers will send only Clayton Kershaw to the game. Kershaw is having a good season, posting a 2.91 ERA in 120 innings with a WHIP of 1.061. It's the Angels who have the most representation, with four players on the bench. The Angels have outfielders Mike Trout (batting .341, slugging .562) and Mark Trumbo (batting .306, slugging .608), pitchers Jered Weaver (1.96 ERA, WHIP of 0.9) and C.J. Wilson (2.43 ERA, WHIP of 1.159).

The game will be televised at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX and streamed on radio at ESPN Radio. Here is the projected starting lineup for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, with players listed in order of location in the lineup.

NL: Carlos Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Ryan Braun, Joey Votto, Carlos Beltran, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Dan Uggla, Rafael Furcal

AL: Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Curtis Granderson

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2012 Home Run Derby: Prince Fielder Wins Home Run Derby

The man who just barely kicked Mark Trumbo out of the Home Run Derby couldn't surpass the mighty wall the Prince Fielder built around his castle. Bautista ended the final round with a mere seven to Fielder's 12 home runs, which tied a record for most home runs in a final round. He had a few late out heroics, including mashing the golden ball for the umpteenth time, but Fielder paced so far ahead with 12 home runs that it seemed impossible from the start.

Fielder became the first Home Run Derby Champion to win as a representative of both leagues, winning it as well in 2009 as a Milwaukee Brewer.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Trumbo Dazzles But Fails to Advance

Mark Trumbo proved all the vaunted Kansas City Cano Boo Crew wrong and advanced to the second round, hitting hitting for a total of 13. Trumbo appeared to be on the Robinson Cano game plan before he began to tee off on his poor pitching assistant and launched the extreme mega-home runs that the young man is becoming known for. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Bautista's strong first round gave just enough of a lead that he was able to tie Trumbo at 13.

The two went into the dreaded swing off. Five swings. Five chances. Winner advances. Trumbo mustered one home run on his last swing, but unfortunately Bautista eeked past Trumbo in the elimination round.

Bautista will face Prince Fielder, who awoke from his first round slumber to maul 11 home runs in the second round for a total of 16.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Trumbo Advances; Kemp Does Terrible

Matt Kemp took a few hits from the media for partaking in the Home Run Derby after coming off of a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since the end of May. In the end, Kemp should've probably just gone the easy route and stayed at home as the Dodgers slugger struggled to put on any sort of a showcase at all, only hitting one home run.

Robinson Cano took a bit of flack for picking Mark Trumbo instead of Kansas City Royal's slugger Billy Butler, but it turns out he knew who he was picking. Trumbo hit a mix of absolutely towering shots and line drives that somehow kept going forever to the tune of seven home runs. His longest home run went 439 feet and landed on top of the roof of part of Kauffman Stadium. Trumbo leads the league in average home run distance at a shade over 419 feet per dinger. The jeering crowd took its toll on Cano, with each out came a loud chorus of cheers, and with each pause came a loud chorus of boos.

Jose Bautista annihilated balls like he has for the past few years to lead the field with 11 HR in the round. Carlos Beltran hit seven home runs and Prince Fielder hit five home runs to advance to the next round.

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2012 Home Run Derby: Contestants, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The 2012 MLB All-Star break officially begins on Monday and the festivities will kick off with the annual Home Run Derby on Monday night. Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp serves as the captain of the National League team as they go up against defending champion Rabinson Cano and his American League squad, which includes Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels, who ended the first half with 22 homers.

Joining Kemp on the NL team will be Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who will be replacing Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, who pulled out to undergo knee surgery.

On Robinson Cano's AL team along with Trumbo will be Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista and 2009 Derby winner Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers.

The 2012 Home Run Derby begins at 5 p.m. PT on Monday night. It will be televised on ESPN.

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2012 All-Star Futures Game: Dodgers, Angels Prospects A Mixed Bag In 17-5 U.S. Futures Win

The 2012 MLB Futures game took place on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The top prospects from around the country faced off in an exhibition game, which the U.S. Futures team won, 17-5.

Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Chris Reed, who was born in London, pitched the third inning for the World Futures team and gave up four runs (two earned) on two hits and one walk. In typical wacky All-Star game fashion, Reed was credited with a blown save, since the World team entered the third inning with a 4-0 lead and Reed allowed the tying runs to score. Of course, it made little difference given the final score of the game.

Los Angeles Angels prospect Ariel Pena had an even worse showing, entering the game in the sixth inning and giving up eight earned runs on seven hits and a walk in 0.1 innings pitched, good for an ERA of 216.00 in the game.

Of all Southern California prospects, Angels second baseman Jean Segura started the game in the leadoff spot and went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Nick Castellanos of the Detroit Tigers organization took home the MVP award by going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: C.J. Wilson Backs Out Due To Blister, Jake Peavy Takes Spot

The Los Angeles Angels will have one fewer representative at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. News came on Sunday afternoon that left-handed starter C.J. Wilson has backed out due to a blister on his throwing hand. Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox will replace Wilson on the roster for the American League team.

Wilson has been very good in his first season with the Angels, going 9-5 with an ERA of 2.43. In 111.1 innings on the mound, he has struck out 88 batters and walked 49.

It's a shame that Wilson won't be in Kansas City to participate in the Mid-Summer Classic, but it's for the best. The Angels have made their move in the American League West and the last thing they need is for their ace lefty to miss even more time with a blister issue.

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2012 MLB Futures Game: Rosters, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The All-Star break begins with the MLB Futures Game. The best and brightest minor leaguers will play on Sunday.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Chipper Jones Replaces Matt Kemp On NL Team

It was pretty clear for awhile that Matt Kemp wouldn't play in the All-Star Game. This just makes things official, as Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves has earned a spot on the team.

Kemp is still slated to return to action soon, as he is playing in his first rehab game tonight starting as a DH for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Kemp will participate in All-Star activities in Los Angeles, as he will take part in the Home Run Derby on Monday Kemp is slated to return to the Dodgers in the first game after the All-Star Break on July 13th.

Ryan Braun also becomes a starting outfielder in the All-Star Game by this designation, as the next highest player in the vote ends up replacing the starter in the overall vote.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Matt Kemp Selects NL Home Run Derby Team

Even though Matt Kemp is on the disabled list, it looks like he will go through with his commitment to participate in the Home Run Derby as captain of the National League team. On Sunday, Kemp completed the team that will join him against the Robinson Cano-led American League team.

The Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran and the Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez round out the team.

Beltran is hitting .310 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI this season. Gonzalez is hitting .337 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI this season. Stanton - Kemp's first pick - is hitting .282 with 19 home runs and 50 RBI this season.

Fellow Dodger Andre Ethier was set to participate as part of the NL squad but had to back out due to a left oblique injury that has caused him to miss the last four games.

"It's fun to go out there and it's an honor," Ethier said, "but when it all comes down to it, just going out and winning games is my motivation."

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2012 MLB All-Star Voting: Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout, Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson Represent Angels

The Los Angeles Angels will be well represented at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game as four (maybe five) players have been named to the American League squad this year, including Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Mark Trumbo and rookie Mike Trout.

The four All-Stars is the most for the Angels have had since 1995, while marks the seventh time in franchise history the team has sent four or more players to the midsummer classic. The Angels could have five players with the addition of RHP Ernesto Frieri as a candidate for the final fan vote, while Trout will become the seventh youngest American league All-Star position player in the 79-year history of the the exhibition.

As for Weaver and Wilson, Jered makes his third consecutive All-Star Game, while Wilson will be making his second All-Star appearance, also consecutively. Albert Pujols was not named an All-Star this year.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Voting Results: Matt Kemp Named As National League Starter, Will Not Play

As we wait for the rest of the 2012 MLB All Star rosters to be announced on Sunday, the starters for both the National and American leagues have been announced, and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been named as one of the starers for the NL. Unfortunately due to his nagging hamstring injury Kemp will not take part in this year's All-Star game.

Here are the rest of the starters, which include three of their arch-rival San Francisco Giants as well as former Dodger Rafael Furcal as the starting shortstop.

This certainly is quite the lineup to start this year's All-Star game, though missing Kemp will certainly be a bummer. Hopefully the Boys in Blue can get him back sooner than later.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Voting Results: Albert Pujols Ranks Fifth Among First Basemen

Albert Pujols is ranked fifth in American League all-star voting among first basemen.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Voting: Matt Kemp Leads All Players In Votes

Kemp and Andre Ethier could be chosen for the Mid-Summer Classic.

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Dodgers' Matt Kemp Named Captain Of NL Home Run Derby Team

Kemp is the reigning NL home run leader with 39 homers last season.

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