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All-Star Game 2022: Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton lead the American League against the National League for a 9th consecutive victory


LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton hit a particularly nice home run on his return to Dodger Stadium during the All-Star Game, putting his name alongside some of the sluggers he loved to watch from left-field seats as a kid. .

Byron Buxton followed with another drive and the American League won its ninth straight Midsummer Classic, beating the National League 3-2 on Tuesday night.

AL manager Dusty Baker reminded his team of the winning streak before the game.

“We had to hold it for him and keep it going,” Stanton said.

Fans looking to tie the score after nine innings so they could see a first home run derby decide the winner instead of extra innings did not get their wish.

Instead, back-to-back homers in the fourth inning were the difference as the AL increased their overall advantage to 47-43-2.

Facing 11-game winner Tony Gonsolin of the Dodgers, Stanton’s impressive 457-foot, two-point shot landed in the left-field clubhouse.

“He smokes them,” NL manager Brian Snitker said. “A big, strong child.

Stanton and his father, Mike, sat there after buying tickets from stockists at whatever price they could afford.

“My Pops took me to my first Dodgers game, showed me how to have love for this game and now here we are,” the New York Yankees slugger said. “Look at us, it’s just amazing.”

Despite his love for the home team, Stanton was thrilled to see the visiting sluggers.

“It was really the big boppers when they came to town,” he said. “I wanted to see (Mark) McGwire, (Sammy) Sosa and (Barry) Bonds, even though it was two bats. It all comes full circle.”

Stanton was chosen the game’s MVP, receiving a glass bat engraved with his name from two-time MVPs Steve Garvey and Billie Jean King, part of Dodgers ownership.

“It didn’t completely sink,” he said. “It will be an incredible memory for all our lives.”

The homer ended Stanton’s career 0 for 7 skids in the game and at 111.2 mph it was the hardest-hit homer in an All-Star Game tracked by Statcast. José Ramírez also scored, tying the game 2-all.

Four pitches later, Buxton went deep to give the AL a 3-2 lead against a clearly frustrated Gonsolin, who took the loss.

Nine-time All-Star Clayton Kershaw got the first start of his career for the NL at his home ballpark, with the Dodgers hosting for the first time since 1980. Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani got the first hit of the game against Kershaw. first throw.

Houston’s Framber Valdez picked up the win, pitching a scoreless third inning.

Tampa Bay AL starter Shane McClanahan allowed two runs and four hits. The first-time All-Star, who boasts an MLB-leading 1.71 ERA, had allowed four or fewer hits in his last seven starts.

McClanahan combined with 10 other pitchers on the five-hitter. Cleveland’s closest Emmanuel Clase put on quite a show, hitting the team in the ninth to earn the stoppage.

Austin Riley’s single in the eighth was the NL’s only hit after the first inning.

Ohtani took the lead in the AL as the designated hitter. Questioned a few moments before departure, the Japanese superstar declared, in English, that he was going to swing. He threw a 91 mph fastball into center field on the first pitch.

“I was definitely swinging one hundred percent,” Ohtani later said through a translator. “Kershaw has a very good command.”

His hit broke an 0-for-8 hitting streak against Kershaw. Last year, Ohtani was the starting pitcher and started as a DH in the AL’s 5-2 win at Denver. He hasn’t pitched this year so he can start Friday in the Angels’ first game after the break in Atlanta.

“I mean, you can’t throw the first pitch of an all-star game like a breaking pitch,” Kershaw said. “You had to kind of give him a heater there, I think just for everything. It had to be done.”

But the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner had the final say. Kershaw fired a pick pitch at first that caught Ohtani from the bag.

“Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure what to throw yet. Sometimes I throw out there for a second to be doomed with the throw,” Kershaw said. “I wasn’t trying to push him away. I was trying to delay the game a bit, but it worked.”

Then Aaron Judge of the Yankees, who leads the majors in home runs, went down. After Rafael Devers walked, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. relied on picking a defender and Kershaw walked off to the applause of the grateful crowd.

“I tried to take a minute at the beginning to take it all in and look around, which I usually never do,” Kershaw said. “It kind of calmed everything down for me and then I had a lot of fun.”

The NL wasted no time in taking its first 2-0 lead in 10 years. Wearing yellow spikes and alternating yellow and red sleeves, Ronald Acuña Jr. led the bottom of the first with a left base double and scored on Mookie Betts’ single. Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer with two out.

Between the two innings, Guardians second baseman Andrés Giménez made a defensive save on Manny Machado and followed it up with a dazzling behind-the-back throw to shortstop Tim Anderson, who threw at first to complete the double. Game.

A sold-out crowd of 52,518 filled Dodger Stadium two years after the majors’ third-oldest baseball stadium was supposed to host before the game was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HERE’S FOR YOU, MRS. ROBINSON

Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, with all the other All-Stars behind him, led the crowd in sending 100th birthday wishes to Rachel Robinson. On her 1-2-3 count, the crowd and players shouted “Happy Birthday, Rachel!” Jackie Robinson’s widow did not travel from her home in Connecticut. She visited Dodger Stadium in April on Jackie Robinson Day to mark the 75th anniversary of her husband breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Jackie Robinson’s achievement was honored with on-field comments from Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington and a presentation on video cards.

FIRST LAUNCH

Backed by a mariachi band, Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela threw the ceremonial first pitch. Fittingly, first-time star Alejandro Kirk of Toronto was at receiver. Both Kirk and Valenzuela were born in Mexico. Fernandomania gripped the Dodgers in 1981, when the southpaw won Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young award by helping LA win the World Series.

FASHION REVIEWS

Reviews were mostly negative for the second straight year on All-Star uniforms. The AL wore dark gray uniforms that blended in with the home plate umpire’s black shirt and dark gray pants. The NL wore all-white uniforms. Both had gold letters. Fans were critical on social media, with “excruciating” being criticized frequently. Last year, MLB stopped wearing traditional jerseys, which drew heavy criticism online.

MANOAH ON THE MIC

Toronto’s expressive right-hander Alek Manoah wore a microphone and earpiece in round two, engaging in an entertaining conversation with Fox analyst and Hall of Famer John Smoltz. “How hard do I throw?” Manoah asked early. He also asked for scouting reports on Joc Pederson and Acuña Jr. Manoah came off well, striking out three bases and also hitting Jeff McNeil with a pitch. A lot of players have been micro. Fans heard Judge and Stanton talking back and forth while playing on the outfield, and Yankees teammates Nestor Cortes and Jose Trevino talking while working together.

CHANGE IS ALWAYS ON

Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman hit third to the now familiar chants of “Freddie! Freddie!” Even in exhibition play, an extreme change occurred and he was kicked out of right field. Home Run Derby champion Juan Soto was ejected by the third baseman playing much closer to second base to finish fifth. Next season, the change is probably going to the majors.

MERELY

Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for 67 years before retiring in 2016, watched the game from his Los Angeles home. The 94-year-old Bronx-born started calling games when the franchise was based in Brooklyn and followed the team out West before the 1958 season.

NEXT

The regular season resumes with six games on Thursday, including Stanton, Judge and the Yankees playing a doubleheader in Houston. The Yankees have the best record in the majors at 64-28. Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez and Baker’s Astros have the second-best mark in the AL at 59-32.

“I just regret that we had to play him a doubleheader on Thursday,” Baker said. “But for today, we are on the same side.”

Plus, it’ll be Freeman, Betts, Trea Turner and the Dodgers, leading the NL at 60-30, hosting the Giants.

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