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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
2012 All-Star Game: Eighth inning

By David Schoenfield

Well, yes, Craig Kimbrel is nasty.

Mike Trout had to face R.A. Dickey in his first at-bat and now Aroldis Chapman. Works the count to 3-2 and draws a walk. Maybe that won't impress the casual fan watching Trout for the first time, but to me it says something that a 20-year-old kid has the makeup to look for his pitch, even down 8-0 against a guy throwing 100 mph.

OK, one inning to go. Thanks for sticking with me this far.

Who will close it out for the NL? Let's just hope Tony La Russa doesn't use Jonathan Papelbon, Huston Street and Joel Hanrahan for one out each.