Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Seattle's Robinson Cano Steals All-Star Show With 10th-Inning Home Run in 2-1 AL Win

Player of the Day for Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 All-Star Game

Cano: Game-winning HR
Heading into Tuesday's All Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami, the record since 1997 was American League 16, National League 3, with one tie (7-7, 2002).

Trends being friends, especially, in this case to the American League, mark up another win for the AL, as Robinson Cano's 10th-inning home run provided the difference in the 2-1 decision.

Cano's bases-empty launch to right field came with no outs in the top of the first extra frame, and it was too bad for reliever Wade Davis, who mowed down the next three batters in order. Hailing from the Seattle Mariners, Cano was chosen to play as a replacement for Yankees' second baseman, Starlin Castro, who is on the disabled list.

Despite a two out walk to Joey Votto, Andrew Miller finished the bottom of the inning for the save and the fifth consecutive win for the American League without allowing a hit.

Since the game has no impact on the anything other than player and team pride, the result has no impact on the future, as opposed to the last 14 years, in which winning the game meant home field for that league in the World Series.

The National Leaguers certainly had their chances, with with baserunners in every inning except the fifth and eighth, but the AL turned three double plays, largely keeping the senior circuit in check. The AL struck first when Baltimore's Jonathan Schoop doubled and scored on Miguel Sano's bloop single down the right field line in the top of the fifth.

St. Louis Cardinal catcher, Yadier Molina, homered in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game.

The regular season resumes Friday, July 14.

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