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Chipper Jones pinch-hits leading off the sixth, gets a nice ovation from the crowd and grounds a weak ball between first and second that Ian Kinsler gets a bad read on. Infield single, which draws a chuckle from Chipper as he reaches first base.
FOX just showed Chipper shaking hands with teammates from his first All-Star Game in 1996. Nice mullet, Mike Piazza. Chipper started and went 1-for-2 as the NL shut out the AL 6-0. John Smoltz started and pitch two scoreless innings and he was followed by Kevin Brown, Tom Glavine, Ricky Bottalico (!), Pedro Martinez, Steve Trachsel, Todd Worrell, Mark Wohlers and Al Leiter. One of seven shutouts in All-Star history.
Will the AL get on the board this year?
R.A. Dickey in the game for the NL and superduperphenom Mike Trout leads off with a single. And steals second base. I love Mike Trout. Tim McCarver points out that was the first stolen base of the season off Dickey. Phil Niekro once allowed 47 stolen bases in a season. Of course, he did pitch 330 innings that year.
Paul Konerko gets hit by a pitch to bring up Miguel Cabrera. By the way, the Tigers have a superb third-base prospect named Nick Castellanos, who hit .405 in Class A before a recent promotion to Double-A. If he's ready next year, what do the Tigers do with Cabrera? Put him in left field? Remember, Victor Martinez will be back to serve as the DH. Cabrera in left could be an adventure.
Anyway, he grounds into a double play. Not a good game for the Tigers' All-Stars.