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Notes About The 83rd MLB All-Star Game

If tonight’s MLB All-Star Game wasn’t going to be very captivating, then all I hoped for was some oddities I could write about.

Unfortunately, the former was true. If you missed anything after the fourth inning, you honestly didn’t miss anything. Luckily, the game was such a blowout that a few unique things did take place. So here are some words about … whatever this was.

The 8-0 final represented the first All-Star game shutout since 1996 when the NL won, 6-0. It was the largest run differential in an ASG — oh, don’t forget the freaking hashtag! — since 1983. Fred Lynn’s grand slam helped lead the AL to a 13-3 victory.

Justin Verlander allowed five runs in the first inning. Well, it would have been four if Prince Fielder had given the slightest attempt at picking that one-hop throw from Derek Jeter. Regardless, those five runs were one less than Verlander has allowed in 18 first innings this entire season.

Verlander has been tagged for five in a game just three times since July 2010 and hadn’t allowed five runs in a single inning since April 11, 2010. That was a five-run first against the Indians.

Verlander joined some pretty nice company — Jim Palmer, Tom Glavine, and Roger Clemens — in becoming the fourth starter to give up at least five runs in an All-Star game.

While the first run of the game effectively won it, the big hit was Pablo Sandoval’s bases-loaded triple, the first in MLB All-Star Game history. But with an assist from Jose Bautista’s disappearing act in right field, Sandoval, Ryan Braun, and Rafael Furcal were equally responsible for the first All-Star game with three triples.

The AL now hasn’t scored in the past 14 innings of an All-Star game, its longest scoreless streak since an equal drought from 1995-97.

The American League could muster just six hits as it lost its third consecutive All-Star game. Coincidentally, six hits was exactly what the AL came up with in 2010 and 2011.

The AL also had no extra-base hits in this game.l Such a performance hadn’t been turned in by a team since the American League in 1999. But at least the junior circuit won that game, 4-1. And it did so with six hits.

So yeah, it was an embarrassing night for the favored league, but my newest man-crush, Mike Trout, came through with a line-drive single, a walk, and a stolen base. At 20 years, 11 months, Trout became the youngest All-Star since Al Kaline in 1955 to get a hit in the game. Kaline was five months younger than Trout when each reached their respective showcase.

Chipper Jones became one of the oldest players to ever get a hit in an All-Star game. But really, it was a slow dribbler to the right side that Ian Kinsler decided to let through for vet’s sake. People are going to comment on how nice of a moment that was, but it should have been a 4-3. Hate, hate, hate.

And there was this. The only thing that animation is missing is a close-up of Harper’s face as he mutters “what the fuck” at the sky.

So yeah, maybe this 83rd edition wasn’t so terrible after all.

What is certainly more terrible is that baseball won’t resume until Friday. With that, us in the sports world are as lonely as old maids. That is unless you really love the NBA Summer League.

No, you don’t.

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