American League shows off strong arms in All-Star Game shutout

Joe Mauer had the best seat in the house — and a hand in the result — as AL pitching dominated.

Joe Mauer was 1-for-2 with a single off a shortstop’s glove. Andrew McCutchen stole a base on him, barely beating his throw.

But Mauer did have an impact in the American League’s 3-0 victory over the National League in the 84th All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

He was behind the plate as AL pitchers dominated early and made it a long night for a talented NL lineup. The NL had one hit over the first four innings, two base runners over the first six as the American League ended a three-game losing streak to the other league. It was the first time the NL was shut out in the Midsummer Classic since 1990 at Wrigley Field. The NL collected two hits that night in Chicago, and this year’s team matched that total until Paul Goldschmidt doubled off closer Joe Nathan in the ninth for the National League’s third hit.

“You could see that they mowed them down pretty good,’’ said Twins closer Glen Perkins, who warmed up three times but was not used in the game.

Three hits. One walk. That was it for the NL batters, who struck out eight times.

The run began with the wins leader in baseball, Tigers righthander Max Scherzer, pitching a scoreless inning. White Sox lefthander Chris Sale pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two. Then a former Cy Young Award winner, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, gave up a hit but pitched a scoreless fourth.

Scherzer (13-1) entered the All-Star break second in the AL with 152 strikeouts. Hernandez is third with 140 and Sale fifth with 131. Mauer, playing in his sixth All-Star Game, handled each pitcher expertly.

“Obviously, throwing to a catcher like Joe is awesome,’’ Sale said. “He’s a class act. He’s a professional. He’s great. I just kind of went off his lead and we were able to pull it out.’’

To be part of such a pitching performance, Sale said: “To see that, watch that, experience that, was fun.’’

Mauer said Hernandez was the only pitcher to shake him off, which happened a couple of times. That was the added challenge of catching elite pitchers.

“It’s nerve-racking too because you go out there and you don’t know how many pitches guys have,’’ Mauer said. “A guy gets on third base, and Hernandez was throwing balls that were moving in every sort of direction. Definitely want to catch it and keep it in front of me. But it was fun. Those guys are definitely there for a reason.’’

The American League’s pitching power came in all shapes, angles and velocities. National League hitters were overwhelmed. An announced crowd of 45,186 — a record crowd at Citi Field — was subdued for most of the game.

The AL eventually broke through, when Toronto’s Jose Bautista lofted a sacrifice fly to center field, enabling Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera to score the first run in the fourth. The AL added a second run in the fifth when Adam Jones doubled, Mauer singled off Troy Tulo- witzki’s glove at short and Jones scored on a groundout.

The AL pitchers went through the NL with ease.

Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore, a promising young lefthander, pitched the fifth. AL skipper Jim Leyland then went to his stable of lightning-armed relievers. Oakland’s Grant Balfour pitched the sixth. His first batter was Michael Cuddyer, making an interesting triumvirate of players with Twins ties. Cuddyer drew a walk.

As Cuddyer walked to the plate, Mauer said to him. “Check out this battery.’’

Tuesday’s game also featured a wave of new players. Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis, Baltimore’s Manny Machado and Miami’s Jose Fernandez were part of a record 39 first-time All-Stars.

Perkins also was part of that group. He watched as Leyland sent Hall of Fame-bound reliever Mariano Rivera to the mound in the eighth.

“I was just trying to take it all in,’’ Perkins said.

Rivera pitched a scoreless eighth, with Joe Nathan getting the save in the ninth. Rivera, however, was named Most Valuable Player and given a new car.

No one complained because Rivera is retiring at the end of the season, and doing so in style. He has a career 0.00 ERA (one unearned run) in nine All-Star Game appearances.

His AL teammates remained in the dugout Tuesday as Rivera came in from the bullpen, with his entry song at Yankee Stadium, “Enter Sandman,’’ playing. Fans gave him a long standing ovation.

“I heard that song in another stadium, and that was great,’’ Rivera said. “And when I got to the mound, I see both sides, both teams in the dugout, and it was amazing. It almost made me cry, too. I was close.’’

 

  • related content

  • Video: Mauer helps shut down NL team

    Wednesday July 17, 2013

    The Twins' Joe Mauer caught the American League's top pitchers in 3-0 All-Star win Tuesday night.

  • Photo gallery: All-Star Game: AL 3, NL 0

    Tuesday July 16, 2013

    The American League won, 3-0.

  • All-Star Game notes: Spotlight shifts to Target Field and Mauer

    Wednesday July 17, 2013

    The countdown to the next All-Star Game can officially begin — the game will be July 15, 2014 — and the Twins will get to show off Target Field.

  • Recap: 2013 All-Star Game

    Wednesday July 17, 2013

    Game recapImpact playerChris Sale, ALThe White Sox lefthander pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two.By the numbers0.00 ERA for Mariano...

  • All-Star postgame: A.L. pitchers, The Sandman and looking ahead

    Wednesday July 17, 2013

    Minnesota is now on the clock for the All-Star Game after the A.L. beat the N.L. 3-0 at Citi Field on Tuesday

  • Video: AL wins and Mariano wins MVP award

    Wednesday July 17, 2013

    CineSport's Noah Coslov reports from Citi Field where Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless eighth to win the MLB All-Star...

  • American League�s Max Scherzer, of the Detroit Tigers, pitches during...

  • Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera connected for a fourth-inning double Monday night at Citi Field. Cabrera scored the AL’s first run later in the inning.

  • The AL’s Jose Bautista congratulated Miguel Cabrera after driving in the Tigers slugger with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly.

  • Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at season’s end, saluted the crowd at the Mets’ Citi Field after pitching a scoreless eighth inning in the AL’s victory.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Minnesota «2011000329120
Colorado0000100023132
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:K.Correia(5-11) L:T.Matzek(1-4)
HR: MIN- E.Escobar (3) COL- None

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago WSox - WP: S. Carroll 6 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: Z. McAllister 2
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 11 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson 6
NY Yankees - WP: S. Greene 3 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: C. Tillman 0
Arizona - WP: W. Miley 2 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong 0
St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright 10 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson 2
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 4 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: V. Black 5
Boston - LP: J. Peavy 2 FINAL
Houston - WP: J. Fields 3
Minnesota - WP: K. Correia 9 FINAL
Colorado - LP: T. Matzek 3
Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 10
Detroit - WP: R. Porcello 5 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 1
Washington 3 Top 9th Inning
Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 5 Bottom 9th Inning
Cincinnati 5
LA Angels 5 Bottom 9th Inning
Texas 2
San Diego 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Los Angeles 0
Oakland 0 Top 2nd Inning
Seattle 0
Colorado 3 FINAL
Philadelphia 3
Houston 2 FINAL
Toronto FC 4
Columbus 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 4
Chicago 1 FINAL
New England 0
Sporting Kansas City 2 FINAL
Montreal 1
Chivas USA 0 1st Half 35:00
Vancouver FC 0
Real Salt Lake 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Winnipeg 34 FINAL
Montreal 33
Ottawa 11 FINAL
Edmonton 27
Calgary 34 FINAL
Toronto 15
Brt Columbia 11 9:39
Saskatchewan 3
Edmonton 7/17/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Toronto 7/18/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Hamilton 7/18/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Montreal 7/19/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Atlanta 93 FINAL
Indiana 74
Washington 91 FINAL
Tulsa 74
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What are you most looking forward to during All-Star festivities?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close