American League celebrates Derek Jeter with All-Star Game win

Rob Bradford
July 15, 2014 - 7:36 pm

MINNEAPOLIS -- Game 1 will be back in the American League city. The AL once again claimed home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to its 5-3 win over the National League in the 85th All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Target Field. (For a complete recap, click here.) Winning the MVP was Mike Trout (2-for-3), despite Derek Jeter claiming a pair of hits on his night. The American League jumped on the board with three runs in the first inning off of National League starter Adam Wainwright, who allowed an RBI triple to Trout and a two-run homer off the bat of Miguel Cabrera. In 19 starts this season, the St. Louis righty has allowed just four earned runs in the opening frame. Wainwright kicked things off by admittedly grooving a fastball to leadoff hitter Derek Jeter, who took advantage of the offering by notching a leadoff double. ("I was going to give him a couple of pipe shots," Wainwright said. "He deserved it.") Jeter, who was replaced by AL manager John Farrell before a pitch could be thrown in the top of the fourth, also singled. The double was Jeter's first extra-base hit in the All-Star Game since 2001, and marked the third time he came away with multiple hits in the game. Jeter finishes his All-Star run with a .481 batting average (13-for-27), ranking fifth all-time of any player with a minimum of 10 at-bats. Trout's fifth-inning RBI double put the American League ahead for good. He finished with a pair of hits, joining Jeter and Aramis Ramirez as the only All-Stars with multiple hits. The National League stormed back in the second inning against Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who allowed three straight hits for a pair of NL runs in the lefty's only inning. Red Sox closer Koji Uehara struck out Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco on four pitches, his only batter of the night, to end the sixth inning. (To see comments from Lester and Uehara regarding their outings, click here.)