Tiger ace Justin Verlander was out of rhythm as the starting pitcher for the American League in last night’s All-Star game and that helped the National League to win in a rout 8-to-0 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The senior circuit squad scored five runs in the first inning off Verlander on four hits and two walks en route to the victory that captured home field advantage for the National League in the World Series for the third straight year. San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was named the Most Valuable Player of the game, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored while his Giant’s teammate and National League starting pitcher Matt Cain was credited with the victory.
Detroit’s other two All-Stars didn’t fare so well either. Starting first baseman Prince Fielder was hitless in two at-bats and in the field, couldn’t scoop up a one-hop throw from Derek Jeter following a deep grounder to the shortstop that allowed a run to score in the National League’s big first inning. And the Tiger’s Miguel Cabrera grounded out into an inning ending double play in the sixth in his only plate appearance. The American League had only six hits and was shutout in the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 1996. The All-Star break ends for the Tigers on Friday night when they resume regular season play at Baltimore and look for their sixth straight win in the opener of a 3-game series with the Orioles.