MLB All-Star Game 2012: R.A. Dickey And National League Roll, 8-0, Over American League

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: R.A. Dickey And National League Roll, 8-0, Over American League

The National League won 8-0 over the American League during the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Justin Verlander started for the American League, but left after just one inning after giving up five earned runs on four hits and two walks.

The New York Mets put two members on the AL reserve squad, pitcher R.A. Dickey and third baseman David Wright. Dickey relieved Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning, giving up a single to Mike Trout and striking out one. Trout stole second base during the next at-bat, marking a first for Dickey this season. Dickey gave up zero stolen bases before the All-Star break. Wright replaced Pablo Sandoval in the fourth inning but went 0-for-2 from the plate.

Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees all started for the AL. Down 5-0, Jeter led off the bottom of the first with an infield single. NL starter Matt Cain then retired three straight batters, including Cano, to end the inning. Cano hit a single in the bottom of the fourth, but was forced out at second base on a double-play during the next at-bat. Curtis Granderson went 0-for-2, flying out in the third and grounding out in the fifth.

Ynkees pitcher C Sabathia was named to the team, but is on the disabled list and could not participate.

Former Yankee Melky Cabrera won MVP honors after going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs on the night.

2012 MLB All Star Game: National League Wins (via sbnation)

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Lineup, TV Schedule, Streaming And More

The 2012 edition of the MLB All-Star Game will take place Tuesday, as the host American League squad will take on the National League for the 83rd time starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The NL is looking for its third straight victory, which helps earn home-field advantage in the World Series for the league's champion, while the AL is looking to get back to its usual winning ways -- from '97-09, the AL never lost.

Taking the mound for the AL will be reigning Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner Justin Verlander (9-5, 2.58 ERA) of the Detroit Tigers. Verlander will oppose the San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain (9-3, 2.62 ERA), who earlier in the season pitched a perfect game.

For a look at the complete lineups and rosters, click here.

For more on the All-Star game, please be sure to check out our blogs Pinstripe Alley, Amazin' Avenue and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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2012 Home Run Derby: Robinson Cano Blanked, Eliminated In Round 1

Defending champion Robinson Cano has already been eliminated from the 2012 Home Run Derby in Kansas City. He hit zero home runs in his turn at-bat, finishing last among the eight competitors in front of an unfriendly crowd. The pro-Royals crowd, upset that hometown hero Billy Butler was passed over by Cano for the American League team, cheered as the New York Yankees second baseman popped up for his 10th out.

Cano was at least proven wise in his AL-team selections. The Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista is the current leader with 11 home runs. Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels and Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers hit seven and five home runs, respectively, to advance to the second round.

Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals was the National League's only member to make the Top 4 in the first round, tying Trumbo with seven homers.

For a running commentary on all of the Derby's action, check out Jeff Sullivan's StoryStream at Baseball Nation.

For more on Cano and the Yankees, please be sure to check out Pinstripe Alley. Also take a look at SB Nation and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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R.A. Dickey Says Not Starting All-Star Game 'One Of My Bigger Disappointments'

R.A. Dickey tried to be professional about it, but the knuckleballing New York Mets ace could not hide his disappointment Monday after not being named the National League's starting pitcher in Tuesday night's All-Star Game. NL manager Tony La Russa chose San Francisco's Matt Cain instead.

"That might be one of my bigger disappointments, because I really felt like it would have been a neat thing for the Mets organization and the fan base," Dickey said of starting Tuesday's game. "Having shared so much of my story with them, I feel like that would have been a neat culmination or apex of that story.

"I'm not the boss. I don't necessarily have to agree with it, but I certainly have to respect it, and that's the way it is."

Dickey was, by most accounts and by the stats, the best pitcher in the National League the first half of the season. He is 12-1 with a 2.40 ERA, while Cain is 9-3, 2.62 and pitched a perfect game. La Russa said he was "very aware" of Dickey's accomplishments but still chose Cain. This the 37-year-old Dickey's first All-Star appearance. Cain, 27, will be in his third All-Star Game.

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Derek Jeter Injury: Jeter Won't Skip All-Star Start Despite Shoulder Issue

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will not skip his start in Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game despite suffering muscle spasms in his right shoulder that caused him to drop a routine pop-up during Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox. [via Hardball Talk]

Jeter, legendary for hating to discuss injuries, said the spasms were "no big deal" and that they happen "all the time." The fact that he still managed three hits Sunday against Boston might indicate that the shoulder spasms really aren't a big deal.

In the Yankee Universe, though, injuries to the Yankee Captain are always a big deal. Jeter, 38, is having an excellent season to date, hitting .308, his best year thus far since 2009. Jeter also has 7 home runs, more than he hit all of last season.

Jeter skipped last year's All-Star Game, claiming exhaustion after reaching 3,000 hits. He now has 3,199, 14th on the all-time list.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Matt Cain Will Start Instead Of R.A. Dickey

Matt Cain will get the start for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game instead of New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, according to Baseball Nation. The choice was made by National League manager Tony La Russa.

Dickey is an incredible 12-1 with a 2.40 ERA on the campaign and has been the best pitcher in the National League. Cain (9-3, 2.62 ERA) has been absolutely terrific as well Of course, Cain threw a perfect game, but Dickey is currently the likely favorite in the NL Cy Young race. Dickey, 37, has already won more games this season than during any other season in his career.

Dickey and third baseman David Wright will represent the Mets in this year's game, which will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

For more on the All-Star game, please be sure to check out our blogs Pinstripe Alley, Amazin' Avenue and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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2012 MLB Futures Game: Rosters, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The 2012 MLB All-Star Weekend officially begins Sunday, as the MLB Futures Game (5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 or MLB.TV) will be played in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. The exhibition contest will showcase the MLB's top young talents, including New York Mets' prospect Wilmer Flores, who will start at third base and bat sixth for the World Team.

Flores will be playing against current and possible future Mets' teammate, pitcher Zach Wheeler who will not start but could pitch for Team USA. Both prospects are currently playing with the Binghamton Mets (Double-A).

Meanwhile, the lone representative for the New York Yankee will be outfielder Tyler Austin, who will not start for Team USA. Currently, Austin is playing in Single-A Tampa.

For a complete look at the Future's Game roster, click here.

Stick with this StoryStream for more on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. For all things Yankees, check out Pinstripe Alley. For Mets insight and analysis, head over to Amazin' Avenue. For previews, recaps and more from both teams, SB Nation New York has you covered.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012, Home Run Derby: Robinson Cano Picks Prince Fielder, Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista For AL

The New York Yankees American League All-Star captain Robinson Cano will represent New York in the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby during MLB All-Star game festivities.

Cano selected the other American League batters on Monday. He will join the Tigers' Prince Fielder, Angels' Mark Trumbo and Blue Jays' Jose Bautista (via MLB). Bautista leads MLB with 26 homers, Trumbo has 20, Fielder has 12 and Cano himself has 20 home runs.

The National League hitters were announced on Sunday: Matt Kemp, Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Gonzalez.

The Home Run Derby from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City can be seen on ESPN on July 9 at 8 p.m. ET.

For more on the All-Star Game, please be sure to check out our Yankees and Mets blogs Pinstripe Alley and Amazin' Avenue respectively. Also keep it here on SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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2012 MLB All-Star Roster: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson Earn Starts For AL Lineup

The 2012 MLB All-Star Game rosters were announced on Sunday afternoon, and four New York Yankees -- Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and CC Sabathia -- earned roster spots on the American League squad. Second basemen Cano, shortstop Jeter and outfielder Granderson will all be starters for the AL squad, while Sabathia will not play in the game due to an injury. The All-Star Game will be played on July 10 in Kansas City.

Overall, this will be Jeter's 13th All-Star Game appearance and his seventh straight. Meanwhile, Cano will be playing in his fourth and Granderson his third, while Sabathia was named to his sixth.

Surprisingly, for the third time in his career third basemen Alex Rodriguez did not make the All-Star Game roster.

For more on the Yankees, check out the SB Nation blog Pinstripe Alley. Meanwhile, SB Nation's Baseball Nation will have everything on the All-Star Game.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Roster: Mets' David Wright, R.A. Dickey Named As NL Reserves

The 2012 MLB All-Star Game rosters were announced Sunday, and New York Mets fans got possibly the biggest shock of the day, as third basemen David Wright failed to receive enough votes to earn a starting spot in Kansas City, July 10.

Wright, a mid-season MVP candidate, will backup starter Pablo Sadoval, who used a late push from San Francisco Giants fans to earn the nod. At the last ballot count, Wright had a 464,000 vote lead on Sadoval, but Mets fans failed to help Wright close it out in the end.

Wright, however, will play in his sixth All-Star Game, as he was named as a reserve for the National League squad. Wright will join teammate starting pitcher R.A. Dickey, who makes his first All-Star team.

For the full NL lineup, visit the MLB.com All-Star page.

For more on the Mets' make sure to visit the SB Nation blog Amazin' Avenue. Meanwhile, SB Nation's Baseball Nation will have complete coverage of the All-Star Game.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Voting: David Wright Still Leads In 3B National League Balloting

New York Mets third baseman David Wright now has a comfortable lead in National League 2012 MLB All-Star Game voting at his position. Wright has 2,687,818 votes after the latest update.

Here's how things look behind Wright:

Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 2,223,269
David Freese, Cardinals: 2,064,351
Chipper Jones, Braves: 1,958,447
Placido Polanco, Phillies: 1,236,757

Wright is leading the league in batting average .358. Wright's batting average has been aided by his current 15-game hitting streak, which is the longest current streak in MLB. With this latest voting update, it seems that Wright is almost certainly a lock to start for the NL.

Fans have until 11:59 p.m. on June 28 to cast their votes (up to 25 times) for the All-Star game, and can vote online or via mobile device.

All-Star squads will be announced on Sunday during the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show broadcast on TBS (1 p.m.). The All-Star game itself will be played on July 10 in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium.

For more on the Mets, head over to Amazin' Avenue.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Voting: Derek Jeter 2nd In American League Balloting, Several Other New York Yankees In Mix

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is second among all players in the American League All-Star Voting released on Monday by the MLB.

Jeter (3,359,875 votes) is a distant second behind Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton (5,414,880 votes). Other Yankees in the mix at their positions include second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson, both in second place at their respect positions. Granderson would thus be a starter in the AL outfield if current results hold.

Mark Teixeira is third in the voting for first basemen behind Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers and Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox. Nick Swisher is seventh among outfielders.

For full 2012 MLB All-Star Game voting, visit MLB.com. Fans have until June 28 to cast their votes for the All-Star game, and can do so at MLB.com.

The Yankees (40-25) have leaped to the top of the American League East standings with nine straight wins after sweeping the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals in succession.

For more on the Yankees, head over to Pinstripe Alley. For more on the Mets, head over to Amazin' Avenue.

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