2014 All-Star Game

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The 2014 All-Star Game, the 85th edition of the Mid-summer classic, took place at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, on Tuesday July 15, 2014. Joe Mauer was named the All-Star Game Ambassador by Major League Baseball, while former Minnesota Twins greats Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Paul Molitor and Tony Oliva were named spokespersons for the All-Star Game Fanfest.

The American League won the game, 5-3, over the National League, to secure home field advantage in the 2014 World Series. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was named the winner of the Ted Williams Award as the game's MVP after going 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, a run scored and 2 RBI.

The Teams[edit]

National League[edit]

Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals managed the National League team, with coaches Clint Hurdle from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Fredi Gonzalez from the Atlanta Braves.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Henderson Alvarez Florida Marlins P Replaced Zimmermann
Did not play
Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies OF
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants P Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals 3B Did not play
Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs SS
Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds P
Tyler Clippard Washington Nationals P Replaced Teheran
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds P Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds 3B
Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves 1B
Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Starter
Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers OF Starter
Dee Gordon Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers P
Josh Harrison Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Tim Hudson San Francisco Giants P Replaced Bumgarner
Did not play
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers P
Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves P
Jonathan Lucroy Milwaukee Brewers C
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starter
Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds C
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals C Starter Replaced because of injury
Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks C Replaced Molina
Daniel Murphy New York Mets 2B
Pat Neshek St. Louis Cardinals P
Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants OF
Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers OF Starter
Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers 3B Starter
Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs 1B Final Man Vote
Francisco Rodriguez Milwaukee Brewers P
Tyson Ross San Diego Padres P Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs P Replaced because of trade to American League
Alfredo Simon Cincinnati Reds P Replaced Cueto
Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins OF
Huston Street San Diego Padres P Replaced Ross
Did not play
Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves P Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies SS Starter Top Vote-Getter in National League
Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies 2B Starter
Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals P Starting Pitcher
Tony Watson Pittsburgh Pirates P
Jordan Zimmermann Washington Nationals P Replaced because of injury

American League[edit]

John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox managed the American League team, with coaches Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins and Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox 1B
Jose Altuve Houston Astros 2B
Erick Aybar Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SS Replaced Gordon
Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays OF Starter Top Vote-Getter
Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers 3B
Dellin Betances New York Yankees P Did not play
Michael Brantley Cleveland Indians OF
Mark Buehrle Toronto Blue Jays P Did not play
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 1B Starter
Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners 2B Starter
Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics OF
Nelson Cruz Baltimore Orioles DH Starter
Yu Darvish Texas Rangers P
Josh Donaldson Oakland Athletics 3B Starter
Sean Doolittle Oakland Athletics P
Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays DH Replaced because of injury
Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals OF Replaced because of injury
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners P Starting Pitcher
Greg Holland Kansas City Royals P
Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS Starter
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles OF Starter
Scott Kazmir Oakland Athletics P
Ian Kinsler Detroit Tigers 2B Replaced Martinez
Jon Lester Boston Red Sox P
Victor Martinez Detroit Tigers DH Replaced because of injury
Brandon Moss Oakland Athletics 1B
Derek Norris Oakland Athletics C
Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals C
Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins P
David Price Tampa Bay Rays P Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Alexei Ramirez Chicago White Sox SS
Fernando Rodney Seattle Mariners P Replaced Price
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox P Final Man Vote
Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers P
Kyle Seager Seattle Mariners 3B Replaced Encarnacion
Kurt Suzuki Minnesota Twins C
Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees P Replaced because of injury
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Starter
Koji Uehara Boston Red Sox P Replaced Tanaka
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles C Starter Replaced because of injury

The Game[edit]

American League manager John Farrell designated Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners as the game's starting pitcher, but King Felix quickly got himself in trouble in the 1st by allowing a lead-off single to CF Andrew McCutchen, and then throwing a wild pitch to move him to second. However, he recovered by striking out RF Yasiel Puig and SS Troy Tulowitzki in succession, and then getting 1B Paul Goldschmidt to ground out to escape the inning without giving up a run. National League starter Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, designated by his own manager, Mike Matheny, over the immaculate Clayton Kershaw, was not so lucky. With SS Derek Jeter playing his 14th and final All-Star Game as the AL's lead-off hitter and getting a lengthy ovation before he stepped to the plate, Wainwright gave up a double that immediately put him in trouble; there was later some controversy about whether Wainwright deliberately gave Jeter an easy pitch to hit, and whether this was appropriate or not. In any case, LF Mike Trout followed with a triple, and the AL was quickly ahead, 1-0. Wainwright struck out 2B Robinson Cano for the first out, but 1B Miguel Cabrera followed with a homer to left, and it was now 3-0.

In the 2nd inning, Farrell turned to one of his own pitchers, lefty Jon Lester, and he was touched for a pair of runs. 3B Aramis Ramirez singled with one out and 2B Chase Utley followed with a double to center, putting the NL on the board. C Jonathan Lucroy then hit another double, and the lead was cut to 3-2. Kershaw pitched a perfect bottom of the 2nd for the National League, as did Yu Darvish for the AL in the top of the 3rd. Jeter led off the bottom of the 3rd with a single off Alfredo Simon, giving him a 2-for-2 day. Jeter moved to second on a wild pitch, but Simon got the next three men in order to strand him there. Alexei Ramirez took over at SS for the New York Yankees' future Hall of Famer in the top of the 4th, but the NL tied the score that inning, facing Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox, winner of last year's game. After a couple of quick outs, Sale plunked Utley with a pitch. The extremely fast Dee Gordon replaced him as a pinch-runner, and immeditately came in to score when Lucroy hit his second double of the game. The game was now tied, 3-3.

After a scoreless 4th inning, Matheny turned to another one of his pitchers in the 5th, reliever Pat Neshek, and like his teammate Wainwright in the 1st, he was unable to stop the AL's bats. C Derek Norris and Alexei Ramirez hit back-to-back singles with one out, bringing up Trout who again came through with an extra-base hit, a double to left that scored Norris and moved Ramirez to third. With those two run-producing hits, Trout would be named the winner of the Ted Williams Award as the game's Most Valuable Player after the contest. Neshek gave way to Tyler Clippard after that hit, but 2B Jose Altuve greeted him with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 5-3. It turned out to be the final run of the game.

With the substitutes entering the game en masse in the 6th - both managers made 5 defensive substitutions when their team took the field - pitchers were dominant the rest of the way. Aramis Ramirez did hit a double off Scott Kazmir in the 6th and made it to third on Gordon's ground out, but he was stranded. In the 7th, the other Ramirez, Alexei, reached on an error by 1B Freddie Freeman and stole second base with Craig Kimbrel on the mound, but Kimbrel struck out the next two batters, 1B Brandon Moss and pinch-hitter Ian Kinsler, to end the inning. In the 8th, Freeman atoned himself with a one-out single off Sean Doolittle, and one out later, Fernando Rodney walked 3B Todd Frazier to put a second runner on, but he then struck out Daniel Murphy to end the inning. Farrell called on Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins to nail the win in his home ballpark, and this he did efficiently, retiring C Miguel Montero, LF Josh Harrison and CF Charlie Blackmon in order to preserve the 5-3 win. Max Scherzer, who had pitched a scoreless top of the 5th for the AL, was the game's winning pitcher, while Neshek was saddled with the loss.

Starting Lineups[edit]

National League Batting
American League
Player Position Team Player Position Team
Andrew McCutchen CF Pittsburgh Pirates 1 Derek Jeter SS New York Yankees
Yasiel Puig RF Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Mike Trout LF Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Troy Tulowitzki SS Colorado Rockies 3 Robinson Canó 2B Seattle Mariners
Paul Goldschmidt 1B Arizona Diamondbacks 4 Miguel Cabrera 1B Detroit Tigers
Giancarlo Stanton DH Miami Marlins 5 José Bautista RF Toronto Blue Jays
Aramis Ramirez 3B Milwaukee Brewers 6 Nelson Cruz DH Baltimore Orioles
Chase Utley 2B Philadelphia Phillies 7 Adam Jones CF Baltimore Orioles
Jonathan Lucroy C Milwaukee Brewers 8 Josh Donaldson 3B Oakland Athletics
Carlos Gomez LF Milwaukee Brewers 9 Salvador Perez C Kansas City Royals
Adam Wainwright P St. Louis Cardinals SP Felix Hernandez P Seattle Mariners

Line Score[edit]

July 15, 2014 at Target Field (41,048), night game - Baseball Reference scoresheet

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


National: Adam Wainwright, Clayton Kershaw, Alfredo Simon, Zack Greinke, Pat Neshek (L), Tyler Clippard, Francisco Rodriguez, Craig Kimbrel, Tony Watson, Aroldis Chapman
American: Felix Hernandez, Jon Lester, Yu Darvish, Chris Sale, Max Scherzer (W), Scott Kazmir, Koji Uehara, Greg Holland, Sean Doolittle, Fernando Rodney, Glen Perkins (SV)

Home Runs

American: Miguel Cabrera (1st)


Gary Cederstrom (home), Jeff Nelson (1B), Bob Davidson (2B), Scott Barry (3B), Todd Tichenor (LF) and Vic Carapazza (RF). Jerry Layne was also named as the instant replay official, as the rule was in effect at an All-Star Game for the first time.

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