AL Shuts Down NL 3-0

mlballstar2013American League pitchers shut down the best of the National League and blanked the Senior Circuit 3-0 to win baseball's annual midsummer classic, the All-Star Game. That ends the National League's three-game winning streak and means the American League team that advances to the World Series will have home-field advantage.Felix Hernandez had waited four years to throw another pitch in an All-Star Game.

On Tuesday night, the Mariners ace made the most of the opportunity, tossing a scoreless fourth inning en route to the American League's 3-0 victory at the 84th All-Star Game at Citi Field.

The long delay between All-Star appearances had nothing to do with the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner's output on the mound, but instead with his unfavorable pitching schedule. Despite being elected to the All-Star Game in each of the last two seasons, Hernandez was unable to pitch in either as a result of starting for the Mariners on the Sunday before the break in both '11 and '12.

The rules regarding All-Star pitchers were altered last summer to allow those who started on the Sunday before the break to throw on a limited basis in the Midsummer Classic, but managers typically decide against it.

On Tuesday, with his parents in attendance, he was the third pitcher used by AL manager Jim Leyland. He entered the game with a 1-0 lead after Tigers righty Max Scherzer and White Sox ace Chris Sale had combined to throw three perfect innings.

July 17, 2013/AP and Mariners Sports