MLB All-Star Game Live Blog
YESNetwork.com will be live blogging the game and the events surrounding it tonight, so stay tuned right here as the best of the best take aim at Citi Field in Queens!
6:20 p.m.: Welcome to tonight's live blog…it may be a little slower than last night's Home Run Derby simply because of the nature of the game, but we promise you it will be just as chock full of fun nuggets and useful information.
6:25 p.m.: There are 39 first-time All-Stars here (and one 13-year veteran in Mariano Rivera), and among them are a few fun superlatives: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez is the only rookie in tonight's game, Padres infielder Everth Cabrera is the first Nicaraguan position player to become an All-Star, and, in perhaps the best superlative, that total of 39 ASG rookies is in fact a game record.
6:27 p.m.: Miguel Cabrera just absolutely launched a ball into the second deck in left field during BP. If it wasn't for Chris Davis, it'd be hard to bet against a Triple Crown repeat for Miggy this year.
6:30 p.m.: We're about 90 minutes from the beginning of the game broadcast and maybe 100 or so from first pitch. In addition to baseball, we've got some great music on tap tonight. American Idol winner Candice Glover will sing the National Anthem prior to the game, Marc Anthony (aka Mr. J-Lo) will sing God Bless America, and, in one the Red Sox fans in particular will love, Neil Diamond himself will belt out "Sweet Caroline" in the middle of the eighth inning, likely with 50,000 people chanting "BA-BA-BA!" in the chorus with him.
6:35 p.m.: Just as American League batting practice was ending and field access was over, the YESNetwork.com team got an interview with Jose Cano that was pretty cool…look for parts of that on our social networks soon and a full-length feature on the website later in the week.
6:39 p.m.: Chris Davis' last round of BP: one opposite-field homer, one blast to the Pepsi Porch, and then a shot to dead-center that one-hopped the wall. I'd say he's ready to go.
6:40 p.m.: Not to be outdone, Prince Fielder puts his final swing into the Pepsi Porch, Nelson Cruz rakes three into the left field seats, and Robby Cano rips what would be three sure doubles in game play.
7:03 p.m.: We're about an hour away from action, and that's a chance for you to check out what we have on YESNetwork.com and the social media realm. Our interview with Jose Cano is live on our Facebook page (facebook.com/YESNet), and we have a fan piece on the Matt Harvey vs. Mariano Rivera war coming soon to dot com. We'll be back in about 45 minutes or so to get this game kickstarted!
7:50 p.m.: We're back with player intros, and of course, David Wright and Matt Harvey get huge ovations. Robinson Cano was booed soundly, as were all of the Atlanta Braves. Meanwhile, Carlos Beltran got a nice round of applause, and former Mets manager Davey Johnson, despite now being the Nationals manager, also got a good nod for his former service.
8:00 p.m.: The biggest ovation of all, and rightfully so, goes to the servicemen and servicewomen who are being honored here tonight as part of the festivities for People Magazine's Tribute for Heroes.
8:04 p.m.: A Canadian National Guard reservist sings "Oh, Canada" and then American Idol winner Candice Glover belts out a strong rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." A moving moment, made more powerful watching many of the Tribute for Heroes honorees saluting the flag and singing along.
8:11 p.m.: Time for first pitch, and Tom Seaver gets a huge ovation from the Citi Field faithful. And the pitch to David Wright is…well, Wright stood up to grab it a little in front of the plate, but hey, Tom Terrific is 68 years old.
8:19 pm.: Matt Harvey's first pitch is a 97 MPH heater, and Mike Trout rips it down the right field line for a double. Cano time!
8:21 p.m.: And Cano takes a heater right off the side of the right knee. Jim Leyland and staff out to take a look, and that's not something anyone, let alone the Yankees, want to see. Cano looks like he's staying in the game, but I unfortunately don't see him being long for it.
8:25 p.m.: It's not the PC Richard whistle, but the Mets fans get rowdy as Harvey strikes out Miguel Cabrera. As he does, though, Cano is coming out of the game, and Dustin Pedroia will pinch run and take over at second base.
8:29 p.m.: After Chris Davis flies out, Harvey gets Joey Bats (or Jose Bautista to the lay-person) swinging to end the inning. No damage done for the NL, but the bigger concern across town is if Robinson Cano's knee is okay.
8:32 p.m.: Brandon Phillips steps in to lead off for the NL, and he's one of just two NL starters not hitting .300 or better. Slacker. Oh, and he flew out to left.
8:35 p.m.: Carlos Beltran gets a nice hand again, and after getting a beneficial call on a 2-2 check swing, he grounds out to Chris Davis. Joey Votto steps in, and instantly wins my fandom by entering to "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones.
8:36 p.m.: Just like that, Votto strikes out looking at a 99 MPH heater, and it's 1-2-3 first for Scherzer. 0-0 after 1 here in Queens.
8:45 p.m.: Adam Jones got quite a lengthy at-bat against Harvey, but the phenom finally strikes him out with some high heat. Two outs in the second and Harvey is 70 away from the jocular 100-pitch limit Bruce Bochy imposed at yesterday's presser.
8:46 p.m.: Harvey gets Joe Mauer to fly to left, and that's a 1-2-3 inning. Should be all for Harvey, who gets a huge ovation. Meanwhile, Chris Sale is in to pitch for the AL.
8:48 p.m.: David Wright is the first batter to face Sale, and he quickly grounds out to Miguel Cabrera. Who said Miggy has no range? He took at least one step to his left on that.
8:50 p.m.: Sale just made Carlos Gonzalez look silly on two curveballs way out of the zone, and it's a quick two outs. If he's not careful, Sale might throw less than the 12 pitches Scherzer did.
8:52 p.m.: Adam "Not Pac-Man" Jones gobbles up Yadier Molina's fly ball, and the AL has a perfect game through two innings.
8:53 p.m.: Clayton Kershaw in to pitch for the NL, and we have a modified mascot/sausage race going on. There's George Washington of the Nats' Presidents, a sausage, something that looks like Randy Johnson, and one of the Chefs…but it's Minnesota mascot Babe the Big Blue Ox who crosses Mr. Met's finish line first. And then they dance. Yes, I just typed that all.
8:58 p.m.: X-rays on Cano's knee were negative and he's meeting the media outside the AL clubhouse momentarily.
9:01 p.m.: While Cano announcement was made and everyone scrambled, Kershaw got three fly balls for a 1-2-3 inning.
9:03 p.m.: Chris Sale back out for a second inning. Oh, that Jim Leyland, taking out his guy after 12 pitches and running a division rival out for another frame. Gamesmanship?
9:05 p.m.: Sale's breaking stuff is really working tonight, as he just made Troy Tulowitzki look like a Little Leaguer on an 80 MPH yakker. Michael Cuddyer now up…and there's seriously three Rockies in the starting lineup? You go, Colorado fans.
9:09 p.m.: Bryce Harper lines a 95 MPH heater right at Cabrera, and it's nine up, nine down for the NL. We're scoreless through three here in Queens.
9:14 p.m.: Miguel Cabrera loses the handle on a bat, and it lands in an empty seat. A youngster in a Jeter jersey claims it, and then Miggy strokes a double to the gap in right-center. Looks like the new lumber worked out.
9:17 p.m.: Chris Davis lines a single off Joey Votto's glove, and we have first-and-third with no one out. The AL hasn't scored since the fourth inning of the 2011 game, but they've got a good shot here.
9:18 p.m.: And a sac fly to center by Jose Bautista plates Cabrera, and the AL is on the board for the first time since Derek Jeter had just 3,004 hits. But, Patrrick Corbin gets David Ortiz to rap into a 6-6-3 double play, and that does it for the AL fourth.
9:25 p.m.: King Felix now in to pitch for the AL. He gets Phillips on a 5-3, but Beltran laces a single past JJ Hardy for the first NL hit. Andrew McCutchen in to pinch run for the first NL position player substitution.
9:27 p.m.: And just like that the NL is threatening, as McCutchen steals second on a bang-bang play. Votto grounds out to second, and we have a runner at third with two outs for the human Mr. Met, David Wright.
9:29 p.m.: Miggy got range! Wright hits a slow chopper to third, but Cabrera throws him out by two steps to end the inning. Cliff Lee is on to pitch for the NL.
9:35 p.m.: Still not Pacman Jones greets Cliff Lee a little rudely with a double into the left field corner. Moments earlier, FOX showed a graphic on the June 2002 trade that sent Lee, Brandon Phillips, and Grady Sizemore from Montreal to Cleveland for Bartolo Colon. All but Sizemore are here tonight, 11 years later.
9:37 p.m.: After a Joe Mauer single, we have a momentary delay as someone makes a poor life decision by running on the field. The security guard gets 10 points for a perfect Goldberg-esque spear takedown after the guy gave himself up.
9:40 p.m.: Brandon Phillips' do-se-do and flip almost turned a ridiculous 4-6-3 DP on JJ Hardy's grounder, but Hardy beat out the return. Credit an RBI as Jones scores, and it's 2-0…and as I type that, Mike Trout goes the conventional 6-4-3 route to end the inning. Halfway thru in Queens, and Matt Moore coming on to pitch for the AL.
9:48 p.m.: A 1-2-3 inning for Moore, and it's 2-0 AL after five. Right now the MVP is probably Miguel Cabrera, but if they can give it to a collective, it's the AL pitching staff. They're one over the minimum, as Beltran's single remains the only blemish.
9:52 p.m.: Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez and his snazzy shiny shoes are in to pitch for the NL, who make some wholesale changes. Paul Goldschmidt entered at first in the last inning, and now, Matt Carpenter is in at second, Jean Segura is the shortstop, and Dominic Brown is in left field. Oh, and Fernandez just struck out Pedroia looking.
9:56 p.m.: Chris Davis down swinging, and it's a 1-2-3 inning for the rookie Fernandez. Just seven hits so far tonight, six for the AL. I see Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz trotting out on the field, so it looks like Jim Leyland is ready to make his first non-forced changes.
9:59 p.m.: Here's your AL changes: Grant Balfour in to pitch, Cruz to right field, Machado to third, and Prince Fielder in at first. MAUER'S GOING ALL THE WAY, BABY! Or, probably until he bats again in the seventh and we get some hot Jason Castro action.
10:02 p.m.: And we have our first walk of the game, as Michael Cuddyer gets ball four off Balfour. Say that five times fast.
10:09 p.m.: Balfour works around the leadoff walk to retire the side, and this game is flying by. 2-0 AL after six innings.
10:10 p.m.: It feels weird that it's the top of the seventh, and there's no YMCA accompanying the grounds crew. But we have a new NL pitcher in Aroldis Chapman, and a new right fielder in Carlos Gomez. Also, Buster Posey is in behind the plate.
10:13 p.m.: Nelson Cruz, noted plate disciplinarian, works a walk off Chapman, and Edwin Encarnacion will hit for Big Papi.
10:16 p.m.: Segura and Carpenter turn a nifty 6-4-3 DP on Encarnacion, and potential MVP Adam Jones strikes out swinging to end the inning. Yes, 1-for-3 with a double, two whiffs, and a run scored is MVP caliber right now, unless again the entire AL staff gets it.
10:22 p.m.: Marc Anthony with a nice rendition of God Bless America, and it's wholesale changes for the AL. Mike Trout moves to center with Alex Gordon in left (replacing Adam Jones), Jason Kipnis in at second, Jhonny Peralta at short, Salvador Perez behind the plate, and Greg Holland on the mound. We have an all Royals battery, ladies and gents.
10:24 p.m.: Manny Machado, the only non-AL Central infielder in the game, just straight robbed Paul Goldschmidt on a chopper down the line. This kid is the real deal, and his arm is phenomenal.
10:26 p.m.: David Wright brings the crowd to its feet with the third NL hit of the night, a blast over Peralta's head into left. Here comes Jimmy Leyland for what you can call either a "mix and match" or "let's get everyone in" pitching change as lefty Brett Cecil is in to face Dominic Brown.
10:29 p.m.: Good move, as Cecil mows down Brown on three pitches. Steve Delabar is on to pitch for the AL with Buster Posey due up, and Doug Williams brings an interesting question: if all remains the same, does Leyland go with Mo in the eighth? If someone loses the lead he could end up not pitching at all otherwise.
10:34 p.m.: Delabar gets Posey swinging, and we head to the eighth with the game still 2-0 AL. Craig Kimbrel in to pitch for the NL now, and David Wright's day is done as well as Pedro Alvarez heads to third.
10:38 p.m.: Salvador Perez greets Kimbrel with a single down the first base line, and a ridiculous throw from Carlos Gomez holds him at first. And…Mariano Rivera is warming up in the bullpen.
10:40 p.m.: Back-to-back singles by Perez and Jhonny Peralta, and Torii Hunter will pinch-hit for Mike Trout. Six of the nine players in the current AL lineup are from the Central, by the by.
10:44 p.m.: Kimbrel gets Hunter on a 6-6-3 DP, but a ground-rule double for Jason Kipnis plates Perez to make it 3-0. Might be wise to save Mo now, Mr. Leyland?
10:46 p.m.: Manny Machado strikes out looking to end the top of the eighth, and here comes Neil Diamond for a little "Sweet Caroline." Will we get a Diamond/Metallica doubleheader?
10:48 p.m.: As suspected, the 45,186 in attendance - the largest crowd in Citi Field history, by the way - hit the "Ba-Ba-Ba!" and "so good, so good, so good!" parts of the chorus. Well done, Queens.
10:50 p.m.: And enough of that, because it's "Enter Sandman" time. Here comes the greatest closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera…as either a two-inning closer or a set-up man for Glen Perkins or Joe Nathan. I understand the sentiment of give Mo his moment for sure, but it's 3-0 and the NL has three hits.
10:51 p.m.: No one is on the field but Salvador Perez as Mo gets a moment to tip his cap to the capacity crowd on the mound. Every All-Star is standing and cheering, and Mo looks close to tears. An amazing moment that made everyone in the press box get goose bumps.
10:56 p.m.: Jean Segura's bat stays intact, but it's a 4-3 putout. Allen Craig will pinch hit for Cuddyer in the DH spot and take his hacks against The Sandman.
10:58 p.m.: After a 1-2 pitch was just low or inside or something, Craig takes a rip but ends up hitting an at 'em ball to Alex Gordon in left. Two outs now, and it's Carlos Gomez's turn.
11:03 p.m.: We enter the ninth with the AL up 3-0. Pittsburgh's Jason Grilli is on to pitch, and Doug Williams and I both wonder if they'll just give the MVP to Rivera. No one can really argue a better point, can they?
11:07 p.m.: Prince Fielder just hit a triple…well, the ball went right under Carlos Gomez's glove, and the big fella hustled to third - to big smiles and applause in the AL dugout - before Matt Carpenter's throw could get him out. You go big man!
11:11 p.m.: A hard 4-3 groundout by Nelson Cruz and a hard 6-3 groundout by Edwin Encarnacion leave Fielder at third with two outs, and it's up to Alex Gordon.
11:13 p.m.: Gordon with a drive to center, but Andrew McCutchen tracks it down and poor Fielder is stranded at third. Fans have started filing out, and the wind seems to be out of Citi Field…that might just be from Fielder still breathing hard after that triple (we kid, we kid), but regardless it's 3-0 AL and Joe Nathan is on to close it out. Carpenter, McCutchen, and Goldschmidt are due up for the NL, and their only position players on the bench are Everth Cabrera, Brian McCann, and Marco Scutaro.
11:16 p.m.: Assuming no further changes, the NL will have those three position players and four pitchers left in the tank, while the AL will have Ben Zobrist, Jason Castro, and three pitchers.
11:19 p.m.: Nathan gets Carpenter looking for the first out and McCutchen swinging for the second out, and we hit the three-hour mark. The NL's entire offense is singles by Carlos Beltran and David Wright and a walk by Michael Cuddyer…not a banner night, and it's up to Paul Goldschmidt.
11:21 p.m.: And of course as I type that, Goldschmidt raps a double to the alley in right-center. Pedro Alvarez up now for the last hope.
11:25 p.m.: Alvarez pops out to Kipnis in short right field, and the American League scores a 3-0 victory over the NL. I would imagine the MVP would be Mo, and if it is he's scoring himself a sweet blue Corvette.