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2010 MLB ALL-STAR GAME: National League 2 American League 1

compiled from staff, wire and MLB news

The American League All-Stars have dominated baseball’s mid-summer classic since 1996, putting together a 12-0-1 record the past 13 years.

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said all along that he was going to play to win the 2010 game and end the drought. His substitute players led the team to victory.

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning, hit a three-run double off Chicago’s Matt Thornton with  two out in the seventh inning for a 3-1 win at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

Brian McCann Braves (mlb)

The win gives the National League home field advantage in the World Series for the first time since 2003.

Phil Hughes, one of eight Yankees on the American League team, started the seventh inning and ended up the loser.

Cincinnati Reds 3b Scott Rolen and St. Louis’ Matt Halliday hit consecutive one-out singles to put runners on first and third. Thornton came on in relief of Hughes and got Arizona D-Backs outfielder Chris Young to pop up. But, Thornton loaded the bases by walking crosstown rival Marlon Byrd of the Cubs.

McCann, playing in his fifth All-Star Game, fouled off some pitches and took a few close ones before hitting a fastball for a double to right, clearing the bases.

Washington’s Matt Capps, who recorded one out in the sixth inning, was the winning pitcher. McCann was named the game’s MVP.

Dodgers’ right-handed closer Jonathan Broxton worked the ninth for the save. He was helped out of a jam by a very strong throw from right-fielder Marlon Byrd to force Boston’s David Ortiz at second base on a looping liner by John Buck of Toronto for the second out.

Reds edge Washington, 5-4 in 10 Innings; tied for first place again.

compiled from staff and wire reports

Drew Stubbs hit a two-out single in the 10th inning Sunday, driving in Jay Bruce and helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the pesky Nationals, 5-4 in Washington.

Bruce sparked the decisive rally with a single off Doug Slaten (2-1). After Laynce Nix singled, Miguel Batista replaced Slaten on the mound and Stubbs connected on another single to right.

Drew Stubbs (mlb)

Pinch-hitter Scott Rolen gave the Reds a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning with a two-run homer off Matt Capps, one batter after Capps allowed a tying double to pinch hitter Jonny Gomes.

Washington tied it against Reds closer Francisco Coredero (2-3) in the bottom half on pinch-hitter Michael Morse’s two-run double. It was Cordero’s fourth blown save in 20 tries.

With Milwaukee beating St. Louis in the Sunday Night baseball game on ESPN 4-3 IN 10 innings, the two teams are tied for first place in the NL Central again.

REDS UPDATE: Series with Washington Nationals (Friday & Saturday)

compiled from staff and wire reports

FRIDAY AT WASHINGTON

Ian Desmond hit an RBI single to break a seventh-inning tie, and the center of a wild sacrifice-fly double-play two plays later as the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.

Josh Willingham led off the seventh with a single, and Roger Bernadina reached on an error by centerfielder Drew Stubbs who collided with left fielder Jonny Gomes. Desmond’s RBI single gave Washington a 3-2 lead, and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out.

Ian Desmond (mlb)

Willie Harris hit a short fly ball to center field. Stubbs’ throw home would’ve got the runner easily, but if bounced off the mound and high into the air, allowing Bernadina to score and Desmond took off for third, Desmond beat the  throw from Enerio Del Rosario who backed up the throw to the plate, but his foot appeared to momentarily come  off the bag at the end of his slide. Third base umpire Paul Schreiber ruled Desmond safe. Dusty Baker came out to argue the call and crew chief Joe West, who was working first base, consulted with all four umpires, overturned the call. As the Nationals argued the reversed call, Desmond was tossed from the game by West.

Tyler Clippard (8-3) earned the win by working a scoreless seventh inning and allowed one hit. Matt Capps closed the ninth inning for his 18th save in 21 chances.

SATURDAY AT WASHINGTON

Rookie right-hander Mike Leake allowed an unearned run over seven innings to remain unbeaten and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Washington Nationals 5-1 Saturday night.

Leake (5-0) allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out five, becoming the first pitcher in Reds history to go undefeated after 11 major league starts. He is the first Cincinnati starting pitcher to win his first five decisions since Santo Alcala in 1976.

Mike Leake (arizona state photo)

Leake is proving that he can hit as well, singling twice in three at-bats to raise his average to .417.

The Reds used RBI doubles from Joey Votto and Orlando Cabrera and run-scoring singles by Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce to break a two-game losing streak.

Washington Nationals look to improve in 2010

compiled from staff and wire reports

Washington Nationals Park (mlb)

Everytime the Washington Nationals took the field in 2009, the opposition knew not to believe the record because they weren’t as bad a team as it seemed. Two things everybody knew was that Washington can score runs and they can hit homer runs. They were the number 5 offense in the National League.

Led by Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, Elijah Dukes, this trio is as good as any middle of the order hitters in baseball. But on the other hand, each team knew that the Nationals didn’t have any pitching so it was a slugfest all game.

To improve for 2010, general manager Mike Rizzo knew it was very simple, bring in pitching depth.

The Nationals have brought in RHP Tyler Walker, RHP Miguel Batista, LHP Chuck James, RHP Matt Capps, right-handed setup reliever Brian Bruney, LHP Eddie Guardado and LHP Doug Slaten.

They also added another power-hitting outfielder/first baseman Chris Duncan, who ran out his welcome in St. Louis because he strikeouts alot and is a liability on defense.