Tiger’s manager Jim Leyland and his American League squad blanked the National League 3-to-0 last night in the 84th edition of the All-Star game at Citi Field in New York. The outcome snapped the A-L’s 3-game losing skid in the mid-summer classic and gives the American League and possibly defending league champion Detroit home field advantage this fall for the World Series. Tiger right-hander Max Scherzer started the game and worked a perfect first frame on 12 pitches. Leyland limited Scherzer to just one inning because he was pitching on only 3 days rest. 3 of the 4 Detroit players who came to the plate last night had hits, including starting third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who scored a run following his leadoff double in the fourth inning. Tiger’s first baseman Prince Fielder legged out a ninth inning triple while Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta had a seventh inning single. Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter ground into a double play while pinch-hitting in the eighth inning.
Ten American League pitchers nailed down the shutout by limiting the National League to 3-hits. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who tossed a flawless eighth inning in his 13th and final All-Star appearance, became the first reliever to win the outright All-Star game MVP award. White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who followed Scherzer to the hill, breezed through two innings to earn the victory.
The All-Star break for the Central Division leading Tigers will end Friday when they open a 6-game road trip beginning with a 3-game series against the Royals.