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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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