Kris Bryant Credits Dad for All-Star Game Home Run

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This year, the key names were baseball Royalty: Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez.

In his second All-Star game, Cueto didn't survive the second inning. The right-hander lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on two home runs.

Cueto, who was part of the Royals' world-championship team last season as a half-season rental, couldn't get out his former teammates.

Later that inning, Hosmer hit an RBI single off Fernandez to score Encarcion to put the AL up 4-1. Boston's Mookie Betts followed with a single and up came the World Series MVP, Salvy Perez. But what he didn't know is I wanted the team to go out and meet him. "If you leave your pitches up. you pay the price".

They really play our style of ball. And while it's true that the last seven World Series titles have gone to the club whose league secured home-field advantage by winning the All-Star Game, chalking up that stretch entirely to the series settings would be misleading: Only two of the seven went a full seven games, meaning winning teams didn't often actually see more home games than their opponents during the series. But Trout jammed a 2-2 offering to center. Ortiz yanked a rocket down the first-base line, but first baseman Anthony Rizzo made a nifty backhand stop to rob him of the hit.

Ortiz was swamped by fans and media since he arrived into town Sunday night, drove to the beach, and spending the rest of the evening trying to convince his family why they won't be moving to San Diego after he retires. "Be ready for it, '" Bryant said after the game on Tuesday. "Then 3-2 he threw me a slider, and I'm like, 'Are you trying to break my back?'" That is not an excuse. As has become a tradition in the final star turns of recent retirees like Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, Ortiz was asked to deliver a pre-game speech to his team. They are 13-2 this decade.

The Giants' Buster Posey, who exited before the clubhouse opened to the media, had earned his fourth All-Star selection. Prior to Tuesday's game, the only time a player hit a home run off a teammate from the previous season in the All-Star Game was when Alfonso Soriano took Roger Clemens deep in 2004, according to Elias research.

The damage had already been done, however, as Cueto took the loss, with Minnesota Twins hurler Corey Kluber getting credit for a win. He walked and scored in his other plate appearance. Neither is Brandon Belt, who flied out to left as a pinch-hitter during that eighth inning.

I had most comments in the Gameday Thread, which must be a first this season.

"Something that I will never forget", Ortiz said of the cheers. Honestly, I was just out there thinking.

Players don't argue the excitement of the All-Star Game, comparatively.

Stephen Vogt, reserve catcher: Did not play, manager's decision.

"Obviously I should listen to my dad".

Madison Bumgarner, reserve pitcher: Did not appear because he pitched Sunday.

Indeed, the centrality of youth to the game was evident even before the first pitch.

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