NL Wins 2012 All-Star Game 8-0

The All-Star break began with Sunday's Futures Game, and the annual Home Run Derby took place on Monday night.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: National League Rallies Early To Claim 8-0 Win

The American League didn't have much of a chance on Tuesday night at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. Despite being arguably the best pitcher in baseball the last three years, Justin Verlander was pounded for five runs in the first inning as the National League went on to win by a score of 8-0.

Ryan Braun doubled home the first run of the game, and Pablo Sandoval followed a few at-bats later with a three-run triple down the right field line. Matt Holliday singled home a run in the fourth to make the score 6-0, and then Melky Cabrera sealed the deal with a two-run home run in the same inning.

Felix Hernandez did not pitch in the Mid-Summer Classic, which was to be expected. The Mariners did not have any other representatives at the game. As for other players in the AL West, Jered Weaver of the Angels worked a perfect inning on the mound. 19-year-old star Mike Trout went 1-for-1 with a walk, and he also stole a base.

Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler, Mike Napoli and Elvis Andrus of the Rangers combined to go 1-for-7 at the dish.

It was a rough night for the AL, and now the NL will have home field advantage at the 2012 World Series.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: NL Wins 8-0; Felix MIA

The National League came out with a big bang and coasted to an easy 8-0 victory over the American League. Ron Washington also made good on his promise that the world wouldn't see Felix Hernandez tonight, further depriving Seattle sports of anything pleasant.

Justin Verlander struggled mightily in the first inning, giving up five runs en route to the worst All-Star game showing of his career. That obviously doesn't mean very much, but the San Francisco Giants virtually single handedly powered the National League to victory, accounting for five of the RBIs and four of the runs.

Mike Trout had a good showing, singling up the middle and promptly stealing a base to further strike terror in the hearts of the few and remaining Mariners fans county-wide. Fellow uber-star Bryce Harper had an All-Star Game to probably forget. He got on base by walk, but was caught in a run down and committed an error in left field (although not officially called an error - he did the gif below).

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In an attempt to redeem its class, the Kansas City crowd gave a standing ovation to Chipper Jones who singled on what Joe Buck unfortunately called a "squirter", in what will be the last hit of his long and illustrious All-Star Game career.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: NL Still Dominating 8-0 Over AL; Still No Sign of Felix

It has been a pretty lopsided affair for the All Star Game. After things seemingly settled down a bit, the San Francisco Giants seemed determined to bring the MVP back to the Bay Area as Melky Cabrera clubbed a two run home run off of Matt Harrison in the fourth inning. Matt Holliday added a RBI to make it 8-0 National League. That score stands through seven innings.

The American League threatened in the fifth inning after an error by Bryce Harper in left field helped lead to a bases loaded situation against Clayton Kershaw, but Kershaw got Ian Kinsler to pop up to end the inning. The AL again got things started in the sixth inning after Mike Trout singled and stole a base. Konerko got beaned by ex-Mariner and beyond feel good story R.A. Dickey before Dickey got Miguel Cabrera to hit into a double play.

Due to the large lead, it seems extra unlikely that Ron Washington will call on Felix Hernandez tonight.

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2012 All Star Game: NL Leads 5-0 After Three; King Felix Probably Won't Pitch

After going the distance on Sunday night with his 113 pitch effort, Ron Washington said he most likely wouldn't use Felix Hernandez in the All Star Game unless he was forced to.

King Felix, as King Felix does, volunteered to pitch but Washington is playing the nice division rival and elected to try and not use the Mariners only all star.

After three innings, it seems like there is a good chance Hernandez won't be pitching either. Justin Verlander was quite shaky in the first inning, giving up five runs in the first inning punctuated by a bases clearing triple by Pablo Sandoval. Meanwhile, Matt Cain shook off unnecessary R.A. Dickey media-spun drama and pitched a clean two innings to carry the National League.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Felix Hernandez Reacts To Trade Rumors

Felix Hernandez is representing the Seattle Mariners in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, but that doesn't stop the trade speculation from surfacing, even on Monday at the American League media session.

Hernandez had this to say, via Seattle Times:

"First of all, it's not my decision. I don't think they're going to trade me. I like Seattle, and I want to help the Seattle Mariners win a World Series.

"I have two more years. I want to stay here, It's my decision," Hernandez said of the possibility of re-signing.

Also of note: A lot of Hernandez's family showed up for his All-Star appearance in Kansas City, including his wife and his parents. This is Hernandez's third time playing in the All-Star game, but just the first time his parents get to see him play.

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

The 2012 MLB All-Star game takes place on Tuesday Night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Action starts at around 4:30 PM local time in Seattle, or 7:30 PM Eastern Time. The game will be televised on FOX and streamed on ESPN Radio.

The Seattle Mariners have one representative for the American League in Felix Hernandez. Hernadez has pitched 123.2 innings, posting a 3.13 ERA in the process while also maintaining a 1.23 WHIP. It's Hernandez's third All-Star Game appearance. He'll come out of the bullpen if he's called upon, as Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers is slated to start.

The lineups for tonight's game are below.

American League

1 - Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

2 - Robinson Cano, New York Yankees

3 - Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

4 - Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

5 - Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers

6 - Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

7 - David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

8 - Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers

9 - Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees

NL

1 - Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies

2 - Melky Cabrera, San Francisco Giants

3 - Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

4 - Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

5 - Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals

6 - Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

7 - Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants

8 - Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves

9 - Rafael Furcal, St .Louis Cardinals

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2012 Home Run Derby: Prince Fielder Wins Home Run Derby; A Mariners Fan Openly Sobs Somewhere

Prince Fielder proved why he was so coveted by the Mariners this past summer by clubbing 12 home runs in the final round to lead past Jose Bautista to take unofficial title of Supreme Slugger In All of the Universe. Bautista made a final effort, but Fielder's complete obliteration of the baseball was just too much to get past.

For Seattle fans, the real story is that Fielder is making a run at a different kind of history most people aren't aware of. He is the first player to win multiple home run derbies since Ken Griffey Jr. Luckily, Junior did a good job of staking claim to being one of the best home run hitters on the planet, and has three home run derby titles under his belt, including back to back wins in 1998 and 1999.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Mythical Mariners Free Agent Fielder Advances to Finals

After struggling to barely make it out of the first round, Prince Fielder went for the dramatic showing - launching even more balls into the fountain at Kauffman Stadium sending the crowd and the media personalities into an absolute tizzy.

Mark Trumbo once again showed why Mariners fans need to cry for the next decade or so, launching some absolute bombs into the crowds at Kauffman Stadium, prompting Chris Berman to say "That one was TEED OFF" while the announcing crew talked about hitting tees. Trumbo barely squeaked into a elimination swing-off against Jose Bautista, but Bautista shed his second round struggles to advance to face Fielder in the final round.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Prince Fielder Barely Advances, Trumbo Mashes Everything In Sight

Remember way back in the day when Prince Fielder was almost a Mariner? Well if you still hold those disillusions, than his Home Run Derby showing was for you! Fielder exemplified the Detroit Tigers struggles this season with only five home runs in the opening round of the derby. When he got a hold of the ball though, Fielder still showed why he is one of the most feared hitters in batting practice, launching two balls into the fountains of Kauffman Stadium, including the longest of the night at 454 feet. Still, the five home runs were enough to get to the next round, although a bit less than what Cano was banking on.

Angels slugger Mark Trumbo advanced with seven home runs, proving why he will be striking fear into the hearts of Seattle Mariners fans for years to come. He hit a mix of beyond-towering monster slams and line drives that somehow got powered beyond the fences. Trumbo leads the league in length of home runs averaging 419.5 feet per.

Matt Kemp came back from injury to be terrible, coming close to repeating fellow Mariner Bret Boone's 2001 Home Run Derby performance (Boone hit zero HR). Kemp ended with one.

Robinson Cano did absolutely terrible, getting the big donut as the Kansas City faithful got into his head, booing every at bat and cheering every out. Cano committed the egregious sin of picking Trumbo over Billy Butler. He was the first home run derby participant to not hit a single long ball since Brandon Inge in 2009.

Jose Bautista hit 11 home runs and Carlos Beltran hit seven to advance as well.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Lineup, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The Home Run Derby is every bit as much a part of the annual MLB All-Star break as is the Midsummer Classic itself. The 2012 Home Run Derby will take place on Monday night and will, of course, be commentated by Steve Berman, so get ready to hear "BACK BACK BACK BACK" for a couple of hours at least. Or hit "mute" and put on some music. Your call.

Matt Kemp will lead a National League team consisting of Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Beltran and Andrew McCutchen, who is replacing the injured Giancarlo Stanton.

They will take on the defending Home Run Derby champ Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, who has enlisted Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo and 2009 Derby winner Prince Fielder.

The 2012 Home Run Derby begins at 5 p.m. PT on Monday night. It will be televised on ESPN.

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All-Star Futures Game 2012: Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker Help U.S. Futures Team Pick Up 17-5 Victory

The top U.S.-born minor league prospects from around the country tussled with the top foreign-born minor league prospects on Sunday in the 2012 MLB Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The exhibition game was the first part of the festivities surrounding the All-Star Game.

The Seattle Mariners had two pitchers representing the organization and both performed well for the U.S. team, helping hold down the win. Danny Hultzen pitched the third inning, giving up one run on three hits while striking out a batter. Taijuan Walker, meanwhile, pitched the seventh inning, giving up no runs and allowing one hit and no walks while striking out one.

Nick Castellanos of the Detroit Tigers organization took home the MVP award by going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer.

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2012 MLB Futures Game: Danny Hultzen Struggles In Third Inning

The Seattle Mariners have two representatives at the 2012 MLB Futures Game: Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker. Both of the young-and-upcoming pitchers are expected to pitch on Sunday, and Hultzen took his turn in the third inning. Pitching for Team USA, he didn't exactly throw as well as he would've liked to.

Hultzen allowed a run to score on three hits, increasing the World Team's lead to 4-0 at the time. He did strike out a batter, and his pitches were coming in hard on the radar gun. In a bit of promising news, 18 of the 19 pitches Hultzen threw were strikes. At this stage of his development, making sure he has full command of his pitches on the mound is an absolute must.

Walker is yet to make an appearance, but he is expected to pitch in the near future. We're currently tied 4-4 in the fourth inning. The game is currently being aired live on ESPN2, and can also be found online at ESPN3 and MLB.tv.

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

The All-Star break begins with the MLB Futures Game. The best and brightest minor leaguers will play on Sunday.

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