Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann doubled in the seventh inning to bring in three runs for the National League to claim victory in the 2010 All-Star Game last night in Anaheim, CA. The six year veteran gave the NL their first win in 13 years, rightfully earning MVP rights through just one swing of the bat in yesterday’s defensive battle. The American League found the board once in the fifth when Yankees Robinson Cano hit a sacrifice fly to score Rays Evan Longoria.
National League players and coaches are looking forward to fighting against eachother for the chance at home advantage in this year’s World Series. “It’s a big deal. I think home teams play better at home,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. “It feels good, it feels real good. I talked to our guys before the game and told them how important home-field advantage was.”
The 2010 events were highlighted with tributes to longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and announcer Bob Sheppard. One of the more special moments came in the first inning when a recording of Sheppard introduced shortstop Derek Jeter as he stepped up to the plate. The Yankees currently lead the AL East standings at 56-32 with Tampa Bay trailing by two games. The Boston Red Sox find themselves five games back with a number of players hoping to return from injury within the next couple of weeks.