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Have sports all-star games outlived their meaning?

Have sports all-star games outlived their meaning?

In hitting the 10th inning home run - which was the first all-star home run in extra innings since 1967 - gave Robinson Cano statistics of an RBI and a run scored, in addition to his 1 for 2 batting average in the game.

Oakland A's first baseman Yonder Alonso, born in Cuba and raised in Miami, was one of the game's under-the-radar stars, going 2-for-2 with a steal. The outcome means the all-time series is tied for the first time since the NL beat the AL in 1964. Cleveland's Andrew Miller got the save, striking out Cody Bellinger to end it.

In years past, Cano's heroics might have ensured the Mariners home-field advantage in the World Series.

Like many All-Star Games of the past before former commissioner Bud Selig's dense decision to allow home-field advantage to be determined by an exhibition game, Tuesday night's game at Marlins Park was more celebration than competition, highlighting baseball's growing number of talented young stars.

Molina was part of a modern All-Star moment in the top of the inning, when he entered wearing a shiny gold helmet ad chest protector.

After the game Cruz posted the Molina's picture of him and West on Instagram.

Scherzer, limited to one inning, used a full-count slider to strike out Judge, only third rookie to bat third in an All-Star Game after Joe DiMaggio in 1936 and Dick Wakefield in 1943. "He said, 'Come on get out of here, what are you doing?' Then he said, 'Yeah, yeah". The Houston Astros' Jose Altuve was voted by the fans as the starter. The lefty also neared 100 miles per hour with his fastest pitch of the season. "I want to go out there and have success against them". Basketball purists decry a ridiculous 192-182 final score, which happened in the 2017 NBA all-star game - a contest that nonetheless produced the highest TV rating for basketball's showcase since 2013.

Harper made a great play in the second inning, robbing Salvador Perez of a single to shallow right-center. Harper's shoes had an image of Fernandez's face along with the pitcher's No. 16. Betances joined Juan Marichal, Dave Stieb and John Smoltz as the only ones to throw two wild pitches in an All-Star inning.

Facing Chicago Cubs reliever Wade Davis, the Seattle Mariners second baseman pulled a 1-1 pitch for a line-drive shot over the fence in right.

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