All-Star Game 2011: New York Contingent Has No Impact On 5-1 NL Victory

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All-Star Game Score: NL Wins, 5-1, For Second Straight Victory

Prince Fielder's three-run fourth-inning home run off C.J. Wilson was the big hit as the National League defeated the American League, 5-1, Tuesday night in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. It the the second straight victory for the National League.

The contingent of New York players involved in the game had little impact.

New York Yankees reliever David Robertson pitched the second inning for the American League, allowing one hit and striking out one. Robertson had been a last-minute addition to the team, replacing Tampa Bay's David Price. It was his first All-Star Game.

Home Run Derby champion Robinson Cano, batting eighth in the AL starting lineup posted by Texas manager Ron Washington, went 0-for-2. He grounded out to first base twice. Cano has been the starting second baseman each of the last two seasons.

Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson, batting leadoff for the AL, also went 0-for-2 in his second All-Star appearance.

Yankee catcher Russell Martin did not play. Martin was scheduled to play the final few innings, but stepped aside so that Baltimore's Matt Weiters could make an appearance in his first All-Star Game. Martin played in the 2007 and 2008 All-Star games as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Carlos Beltran, lone representative for the New York Mets, went 1-for-2 with a run scored. He got an infield hit in the fourth inning and scored on Fielder's home run.

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was voted to start the game, but is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez were voted to start for the AL, but did not play. Rodriguez had knee surgery Monday, and Jeter skipped the game because of exhaustion after his chase for 3,000 hits. Yankees pitchers Mariano Rivera and CC Sabathia were also selected, but chose not to participate.


All-Star Game At Mets' Citi Field In 2013? Whither The Home Run Derby

The All-Star Game at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets? Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said today “chances look pretty good” that the Mets will get to host the 2013 All-Star Game.

Good deal. There is no place like New York for big events, and the Mets swanky new ballpark deserves the opportunity to host baseball Midsummer Classic.

I just have one request. If the game is at Citi Field can we at least get the Home Run Derby moved across town to Yankee Stadium? There are plenty of moonshots in the Derby, as we saw Monday night, but that is precisely what it will take to get the ball out of Citi Field. The cavernous ballpark has proven to be death to home run hitters. Yankee Stadium on the other hand, is a veritable launching pad. Sorry, Mets fans, but the Derby would be a lot more fun at the ballpark in the Bronx.

According to Hit Tracker, an average of 2.37 home runs per game have been at Yankee Stadium in 2011. Citi Field has surrendered only 1.39 per game.

Here are Citi Field’s dimensions:
-- Left Field 335 feet
- Left Center 379 feet
-- Right Center 383 feet
-- Right Field 330 feet

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