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2010 All-Star Game

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The 2010 All-Star Game was held on July 13, 2010 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. It was the 81st edition of the midsummer classic. The National League defeated the American League, 3-1, to claim its first victory in the mid-summer classic since 1996.

There were several rule changes introduced with this All-Star Game:

  • Rosters were increased to 34 players.
  • The Sunday Starter rule meant that pitchers who started on the Sunday before the All-Star Game were considered All-Stars, but were replaced on the roster.
  • The Designated Hitter rule would be used in every All-Star Game starting with this year's. The National League's starting DH was determined by the manager, while the American League's was designated in fan voting.
  • One player on each team was designated as eligible for re-entry if needed.

The Teams[edit]

American League[edit]

Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees managed the American League team, with coaches Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Bob Geren of the Oakland Athletics.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers SS Player Ballot
Andrew Bailey Oakland Athletics P Replacement Pitcher Replaced Weaver
Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays OF Player Ballot
Adrian Beltre Boston Red Sox 3B Player Ballot
Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox P Player Ballot Replaced due to injury
John Buck Toronto Blue Jays C Injury Replacement Replaced Martinez
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 1B Player Ballot Started for Morneau
Trevor Cahill Oakland Athletics P Manager Selection Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Robinson Cano New York Yankees 2B Starter
Fausto Carmona Cleveland Indians P Manager Selection did not play
Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Rays OF Starter
Vladimir Guerrero Texas Rangers DH Starter
Neftali Feliz Texas Rangers P Player Ballot did not play
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers OF Starter
Phil Hughes New York Yankees P Player Ballot
Torii Hunter Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Player Ballot
Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS Starter
Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers 2B Injury Replacement Replaced Pedroia
Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox 1B Injury Replacement Replaced Morneau
Cliff Lee Texas Rangers P Player Ballot Lee was named while on the Seattle Mariners,

but was traded to Texas 5 days before the game.

Jon Lester Boston Red Sox P Player Ballot
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays 3B Starter
Victor Martinez Boston Red Sox C Player Ballot Replaced due to injury
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins C Starter Leading Vote-Getter
Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins 1B Starter Replaced due to injury
David Ortiz Boston Red Sox DH Player Ballot
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 2B Player Ballot Replaced due to injury
Andy Pettitte New York Yankees P Injury Replacement Replaced Buchholz
David Price Tampa Bay Rays P Player Ballot Starting Pitcher
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees P Player Ballot Replaced due to injury
Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees 3B Manager Selection did not play
CC Sabathia New York Yankees P Manager Selection Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Joakim Soria Kansas City Royals P Manager Selection did not play
Rafael Soriano Tampa Bay Rays P Injury Replacement Replaced Rivera
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners OF Starter
Nick Swisher New York Yankees OF Final Man
Matt Thornton Chicago White Sox P Manager Selection
Jose Valverde Detroit Tigers P Player Ballot
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers P Replacement Pitcher Replaced Sabathia
Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim P Replacement Pitcher Replaced Cahill

Replaced under Sunday Starter rule

Vernon Wells Toronto Blue Jays OF Player Ballot
Ty Wigginton Baltimore Orioles 2B Manager Selection

On July 12th, Joe Girardi announced that 3B Michael Young of the Texas Rangers would be replacing Adrian Beltre because the latter had a pulled hamstring, but Beltre confirmed shortly thereafter that his injury was minor and that he would be available to play in the game.

National League[edit]

Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies managed the National League team, with coaches Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants and Bud Black of the San Diego Padres.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Heath Bell San Diego Padres P Injury Replacement Replaced Gallardo
Michael Bourn Houston Astros OF Manager Selection
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers OF Starter
Jonathan Broxton Los Angeles Dodgers P Player Ballot
Marlon Byrd Chicago Cubs OF Player Ballot
Matt Capps Washington Nationals P Player Ballot
Chris Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals P Manager Selection did not play
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers OF Starter
Rafael Furcal Los Angeles Dodgers SS Injury Replacement Replaced Reyes
Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee Brewers P Manager Selection Replaced due to injury
Adrian Gonzalez San Diego Padres 1B Player Ballot
Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies P Player Ballot
Corey Hart Milwaukee Brewers OF Player Ballot Started for Heyward
Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves OF Starter Replaced due to injury
Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals OF Player Ballot
Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 1B Manager Selection Started at DH
Tim Hudson Atlanta Braves P Manager Selection did not play
Omar Infante Atlanta Braves 3B Manager Selection did not play
Ubaldo Jimenez Colorado Rockies P Player Ballot Starting Pitcher
Josh Johnson Florida Marlins P Player Ballot
Hong-Chih Kuo Los Angeles Dodgers P Injury Replacement Replaced Heyward
Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants P Player Ballot did not play
Brian McCann Atlanta Braves C Player Ballot All-Star Game MVP
Evan Meek Pittsburgh Pirates P Manager Selection did not play
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals C Starter
Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds 2B Injury Replacement Replaced Utley
Martin Prado Atlanta Braves 2B Player Ballot Started for Utley
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 1B Starter NL's Highest Vote-Getter
Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins SS Starter
Jose Reyes New York Mets SS Injury Replacement Replaced Tulowitzki

Replaced due to injury

Arthur Rhodes Cincinnati Reds P Manager Selection did not play
Scott Rolen Cincinnati Reds 3B Player Ballot
Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies SS Player Ballot Replaced due to injury
Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies 2B Starter Replaced due to injury
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds 1B Final Man
Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals P Player Ballot
Brian Wilson San Francisco Giants P Player Ballot
David Wright New York Mets 3B Starter
Chris Young Arizona Diamondbacks OF Manager Selection

Billy Wagner (Atlanta) was offered a roster spot for the National League, but turned it down due to injury.

The Game[edit]

The first half of the 2010 season was dominated by pitching, with four no-hitters, including two perfect games, being thrown, and another perfect game being lost on an obvious umpiring blunder with two outs in the 9th inning. In this context, it is not surprising that pitching dominated the All-Star Game, with each team only managing one run-scoring play. However, the National League's took place with the bases loaded, providing the difference in the 3-1 final score. Former California Angels great Rod Carew threw out the ceremonial first pitch, zipping a perfect fastball to set the tone for the game. There was also a minute of silence in honor of long-time New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who had passed away that morning. In the bottom of the 1st, Derek Jeter was brought to the plate by the recorded voice of long-time Yankee Stadium announcer Bob Sheppard, who had passed away two days earlier.

The top winners in each league, Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies, sporting a 15-1 record, and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, 12-4, were designated by their managers to start. Both young starters were excellent, each pitching two scoreless innings. Their successors, top starting pitchers from their respective circuits, held the game scoreless over the next few frames, with the Florida Marlins' Josh Johnson being particularly impressive as he set down all six batters he faced, while Cliff Lee, newly-acquired by the Texas Rangers only needed 6 pitches to retire the side in order in the 4th.

One of the first highlights came in the 5th, when David Wright led off with a single against Justin Verlander for the NL, then proceeded to steal second base as Joe Mauer's throw sailed into center field. Wright went to third on Andre Ethier's one-out single, but Verlander retired Corey Hart and Brian McCann to end the threat. The AL immediately replied against Hong-Chih Kuo of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Evan Longoria drew a lead-off walk after falling behind 0-2; Mauer then hit a routine grounder to the left of the mound, which Kuo fielded cleanly, but his throw to first was a good 20 feet over the first baseman's head, placing the runners on second and third with none out. Robinson Cano followed with a deep fly ball for a sacrifice fly that scored the game's first run. Then, in a play that killed the AL's momentum, Carl Crawford hit a ball to Hanley Ramirez at shortstop; for some inexplicable reason, Mauer was running from second and Ramirez's throw to Scott Rolen at third base retired him easily. Heath Bell came in to pitch and ended the inning.

The score stayed at 1-0 until the top of the 7th, when new AL pitcher Philip Hughes issued a one-out walk to Rolen. Matt Holliday followed with a single to center, and Rolen, running all the way, made it to third. Lefty Matt Thornton came in to pitch and induced pinch-hitter Chris Young to pop-up to first for the second out. However, Marlon Byrd managed to draw a walk, and McCann seized his second opportunity to drive in a run, hitting a ball deep into the right field corner. Rolen and Holliday scored easily, and Byrd, running all out from first also made it all the way home, sliding in under Jose Bautista's throw to make it 3-1.

The National League then got some clutch pitching from Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals in the bottom of the 7th. After his teammate Holliday put him in trouble by misplaying a fly ball by John Buck into a double, Wainwright walked Ian Kinsler, but retired Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter, the latter striking out on a knee-buckling curveball to end the threat. The 8th inning saw closers Rafael Soriano of the Rays and Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants make quick work of their opponents, both pitching 1-2-3 innings, and Jose Valverde followed by striking out the side in the top of the 9th.

It was now up to Jonathan Broxton of the crosstown Dodgers to clinch the National League's first win in the classic since the mid-1990s. He immediately put himself in trouble by giving up a lead-off single to David Ortiz. However, with Alex Rodriguez still on the bench and Ty Wigginton eligible to re-enter the game, AL manager Joe Girardi elected not to put in a pinch runner for the lumbering slugger, and it would cost him dearly. Adrian Beltre was overwhelmed by Broxton's heat and struck out, but Buck followed by poking a ball into right field which fell just in front of Byrd for an apparent single. However Byrd grabbed the ball on the bounce and fired a rocket to Rafael Furcal to nab Ortiz at second base; Big Papi had hesitated between first and second, not knowing whether Byrd would catch the flare, and was unable to make it to the next base when the ball landed safely. That play ended what was a developing dangerous situation. The next batter, Kinsler, hit a fly ball to deep center, but Young gathered it easily to end the game and give the National League home field advantage in the 2010 World Series.

McCann was named the game's MVP for his clutch double, while Matt Capps inherited the win, having struck out David Ortiz, the only batter he faced, to end the 6th inning. Hughes was the loser, being charged with the first two NL runs, while Broxton earned the save.

Starting Lineups[edit]

National League Batting
American League
Player Position Team Player Position Team
Hanley Ramirez SS Florida Marlins 1 Ichiro Suzuki RF Seattle Mariners
Martin Prado 2B Atlanta Braves 2 Derek Jeter SS New York Yankees
Albert Pujols 1B St. Louis Cardinals 3 Miguel Cabrera 1B Detroit Tigers
Ryan Howard DH Philadelphia Phillies 4 Josh Hamilton CF Texas Rangers
David Wright 3B New York Mets 5 Vladimir Guerrero DH Texas Rangers
Ryan Braun LF Milwaukee Brewers 6 Evan Longoria 3B Tampa Bay Rays
Andre Ethier CF Los Angeles Dodgers 7 Joe Mauer C Minnesota Twins
Corey Hart RF Milwaukee Brewers 8 Robinson Cano 2B New York Yankees
Yadier Molina C St. Louis Cardinals 9 Carl Crawford LF Tampa Bay Rays
Ubaldo Jimenez P Colorado Rockies SP David Price P Tampa Bay Rays

Suzuki and Jeter batted 1-2 for the AL for the fifth consecutive season. Ramirez and the NL second baseman (Chase Utley in 2008-2009) batted 1-2 for the NL for the third consecutive season.

Line Score[edit]

July 13, 2010 at Angel Stadium (45,408), night game - Baseball Reference scoresheet

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 7 1
American 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 0


National: Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Johnson, Hong-Chih Kuo, Heath Bell, Roy Halladay, Matt Capps (W), Adam Wainwright, Brian Wilson, Jonathan Broxton (SV)

American: David Price, Andy Pettitte, Cliff Lee, Justin Verlander, Jon Lester, Phil Hughes (L), Matt Thornton, Andrew Bailey, Rafael Soriano, Jose Valverde

Home Runs



HP: Mike Reilly, 1B: Mike Winters, 2B: Brian O'Nora, 3B: Laz Diaz, LF: Bruce Dreckman, RF: Jim Wolf

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