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Cardinal players struggle in loss to AL All-Stars

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | 11:15 p.m. CDT
National League starting pitcher Adam Wainwright returns to the mound after giving up a home run to the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera during the first inning of Tuesday's MLB All-Star game in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — It was a dreary All-Star game for the Cardinals as the American League defeated the National League 5-3.

Manager Mike Matheny, in charge of the National League team because St. Louis won the pennant last season, was on the losing side, and his pitchers, Adam Wainwright and Pat Neshak, allowed all five of the American League’s runs.

Infielder Matt Carpenter, selected to the game by Matheny, did not play. Yadier Molina, voted by the fans as the starting catcher, also did not play due to an injury suffered last week.

Missouri alum and Detroit Tiger Max Scherzer picked up the win for the American League team, and the Twins' Glen Perkins got the save in his home ballpark.

Derek Jeter, who soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits.

Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned him MVP honors.

On a summer evening filled with reminders of generational change, the American League kept up nearly two decades of dominance over the National League.

Miguel Cabrera homered to help give the American League champion home-field advantage for the World Series.

No matter what else happened, it seemed destined to be another special event for Jeter.

He received a 63-second standing ovation when he walked to the plate leading off the bottom of the first, another rousing cheer when he led off the third and about two minutes of applause after American League manager John Farrell sent Alexei Ramirez to shortstop to replace him at the start of the fourth.

As Frank Sinatra's recording of "New York, New York" boomed over the Target Field speakers and his parents watched from the stands, Jeter repeatedly waved to the crowd, exchanged handshakes and hugs in the American League dugout and then came back onto the field for a curtain call.

While not as flashy as Mariano Rivera's All-Star farewell at Citi Field last year, when all the other players left the great reliever alone on the field for an eighth-inning solo bow, Jeter also tried not to make a fuss.

A 14-time All-Star who was MVP of the 2000 game in Atlanta, he announced in February this will be his final season. His hits left him with a .481 All-Star average (13 for 27), just behind Charlie Gehringer's .500 record (10 for 20) for players with 20 or more at-bats.

While the Yankees are .500 at the break and in danger of missing the postseason in consecutive years for the first time in two decades, Jeter and the Angels' Trout gave a boost to whichever American League team reaches the World Series.

The American League improved to 9-3 since the All-Star game started deciding which league gets Series home-field advantage; 23 of the last 28 titles were won by teams scheduled to host four of a possible seven games.

The American League won for the first time in three tries in Minnesota; it lost 6-5 at Metropolitan Stadium in 1965 and 6-1 at the normally homer-friendly Metrodome, where not one longball was hit under its Teflon roof in 1985.


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