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Count it: Robinson Cano’s homer in 10th decides All-Star Game

For that matter, it also seemed to count for right fielder Justin Upton and shortstop Francisco Lindor, who made fabulous defensive plays in the bottom of the 10th before Cody Bellinger struck out for the game’s final out. From 2004, the winning league in the All-Star Game was awarded home-field advantage in the World Series. [...] the pennant winner with the better record gets the World Series home-field advantage, so Tuesday’s affair was back to being what it always was, a showcase for the game’s top stars to show their stuff in front of an electric crowd and millions in TV land. Alonso singled twice to right field in two at-bats and — are you sitting down? — stole a base. In a season known for big swings and big home runs — as well big swings and big misses — the first run of the All-Star Game came on an opposite-field, bloop single by Miguel Sano, a finalist in Monday’s Home Run Derby. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman, second baseman Daniel Murphy and right fielder Bryce Harper. The man who beat Sano in the derby, Aaron Judge of the Yankees, flied to near the warning track to end the inning. Molina replaced the Giants’ Buster Posey, who went 0-for-1 with a walk — he fouled a wicked liner in his first at-bat before flying out. Seattle’s Nelson Cruz walked to the plate with a smart phone and had Molina take a picture of him posing next to umpire Joe West, who recently worked his 5,000th career game. Posey said Max Scherzer joked with him that he’d throw all sliders, but the Nationals’ pitcher struck out Judge with a 3-2 slider, then struck out George Springer with a fastball to end his first and only inning. Fans might not have paid big money to see Neshek face Carlos Correa, but those are the breaks when a starting pitcher gets an early hook, which has become customary in All-Star play.

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