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American League Secures Home Field Advantage in World Series with 5-3 Victory in MLB All Star Game

July 16th, 2014 at 7:14 AM
By Josh Michael

The American League Pennant winner will have home field advantage in the World Series this season thanks the American League's 5-3 victory over the National League in the 2014 MLB All Star Game. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named MVP.

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Trout went 2-3 with a double, triple, run scored and two RBI to take home the Most Valuable Player Award, while Derek Jeter was the only other AL hitter with a multi-hit game as he went 2-2 with a double and run scored.

With the scored tied at three in the bottom of the fifth, Trout gave the American League the lead for good as he delivered a RBI double down the left field line to score Oakland's Derek Norris to give the AL a 4-3 lead that they would not relinquish. The AL added an additional run in the fifth to make it 5-3, which is how the game would end.

The AL jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning after Jeter led off with a double and was immediately knocked in courtesy of a Trout RBI triple. Two batters later, two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit a lazer over the left field fence for a two run homer and a 3-0 first inning lead for the AL.

Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox came on to pitch the second inning for the AL and after retiring Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the inning, he allowed three consecutive hits, including back-to-back RBI doubles from Chase Utley and Jonathan Lucroy to make the score 3-2.

The National League would tie the game up in the top of the fourth inning when Lucroy delivered his second RBI double of the game, this time scoring Dee Gordon, to tie the game at three, but that would be the last time the NL would scratch a run across.

Baltimore's two starters, Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones, both did not have a good day at the plate as both went 0-2 with a strikeout, but it was nice to see that the only AL team with multiple starters was our own Baltimore Orioles.


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