Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez made sure the Kansas City Royals will start at home, sweet, home if they get a chance to defend their World Series title.
The Royals duo homered off former Kansas City teammate Johnny Cueto during a six-pitch span in the second inning, Hosmer added an RBI single and the American League beat the Nationals 4-2 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win in the All-Star game.
David Ortiz found himself in the middle of the most touching moment at Petco Park, embraced by his AL teammates near first base after exiting his final All-Star Game. The popular Big Papi plans to retire at 40 after this season with Boston.
Kris Bryant of the Cubs led the parade of sparkling young talent with a first-inning home run. Dellin Betances flashed his 100 mph heat and Astros reliever Will Harris came on to throw a called third strike past Cardinals rookie Aledmys Diaz on a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner with the bases loaded to end the eighth.
Mike Trout kept on knocking down milestones at All-Star games. The Los Angeles Angels star singled in the first inning, improving to 6 for 11 with two walks in his 13 All-Star plate appearances. Trout, the 2014 AL MVP, also won the MVP award at the last two All-Star games.
The single gave him a five-game hitting streak in All-Star play. Mickey Mantle, Joe Morgan and Dave Winfield had seven-game streaks, and Stan Musial, Willie Mays and Nellie Fox hit in six apiece.
According to the Angels, Trout is the first AL player to get a hit in each of his first five All-Star games, joining NL stars Joe Morgan, Willie Mays, Steve Garvey, Carlos Beltran and David Wright.
Trout also became the sixth player in All-Star history with four first-inning hits, joining Mays, Wade Boggs, Derek Jeter, Musial and Ichiro Suzuki.
Big Papi participated in the All-Star Game even before settling into the batter’s box as the American League’s DH.
Ortiz, the Boston star who is retiring at season’s end, brought the lineup card out to the home plate meeting with the umpires and NL manager Terry Collins of the New York Mets.
Ortiz, playing in his 10th All-Star Game, batted fourth for the AL, which was the designated home team.
In his first at-bat in the first inning, Ortiz fouled off several pitches before lining out sharply to the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo at first base.
The Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist flied out to center on the second pitch of the game from the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale. Two batters later, Bryant crushed a solo homer to left, putting the NL ahead 1-0. Bryant is 0 for 6 with six strikeouts against Sale in the regular season.
If Big Papi was hoping for a big moment in his final All-Star Game, he didn’t get it. Ortiz walked against Miami’s Jose Fernandez in the third inning and was lifted for pinch-runner Edwin Encarnacion.
Miami’s Marcell Ozuna got one back for the NL in the fourth with an RBI single, scoring Buster Posey.
A member of a Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in his country’s national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming “All Lives Matter” during a pregame performance at the game. The Tenors, a group based in British Columbia, caused a stir with Remigio Pereira’s actions while singing “O Canada.”
In a statement issued during the game, the group blamed the changes solely on Pereira, who held up the sign and sang the altered lyrics while the other three singers wordlessly harmonized. The band said Pereira won’t perform with The Tenors “until further notice,” calling his actions “disrespectful” and “shameful.”
The change happened during the middle portion of the anthem, which is often sung in French at sporting events.
Pereira unexpectedly sang: “We’re all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great.”
The normal lyric is “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free.”
“United We Stand” was written on the back of his sign.
“The Tenors are deeply sorry for the disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group acting as a ‘lone wolf' today,” the Tenors said in a statement posted on their official Twitter page.
Major League Baseball also had no idea Pereira intended to make a political statement, spokesman Matt Bourne said.
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