2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.
|Date||July 15, 2014|
|MVP||Mike Trout (LAA)|
|First pitch||Rod Carew|
|TV announcers||Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci, Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews|
|Radio announcers||Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton|
The Chicago Cubs were the only other team that made a bid for hosting the 2014 All-Star Game. Typically the leagues alternate hosts every year, except for 2006, 2007, 2015, and 2016, which were hosted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres, respectively. With 2014 being the American League's turn, Chicago made a bid hoping an exception would be made for the National League Cubs in order to honor the centennial of Wrigley Field (which last hosted an All-Star Game in 1990).
Balloting for the 2014 All-Star Game starters began online April 24 and ended on July 3. The top vote-getters at each position (including the designated hitter for the American League) and the top three among outfielders, were named the starters for their respective leagues. The results were announced on July 6.
Final roster spotEdit
After the rosters were finalized, a second ballot of five players per league was created for the All-Star Final Vote to determine the 34th and final player of each roster. The online balloting was conducted from July 6 through July 10.
|American League||National League|
|Dallas Keuchel||Astros||P||Casey McGehee||Marlins||3B|
|Corey Kluber||Indians||P||Justin Morneau||Rockies||1B|
|Rick Porcello||Tigers||P||Anthony Rendon||Nationals||2B|
|Garrett Richards||Angels||P||Anthony Rizzo||Cubs||1B|
|Chris Sale||White Sox||P||Justin Upton||Braves||OF|
- ^ Salvador Perez was named starter in place of Matt Wieters due to injury.
- ^ Kurt Suzuki was named as the roster replacement for Wieters.
- ^ Jeff Samardzija was elected as a member of the Cubs, but was traded to the Athletics on July 4.
- ^ Kyle Seager was named as a replacement for Edwin Encarnación due to injury.
- ^ Koji Uehara was named as a replacement for Masahiro Tanaka due to injury.
- ^ Erick Aybar was named as a replacement for Alex Gordon due to injury.
- ^ Miguel Montero was named as a replacement for Yadier Molina due to injury.
- ^ Jonathan Lucroy was named starter in place of Yadier Molina due to injury.
- ^ Ian Kinsler was named as a replacement for Víctor Martínez due to injury.
- ^ Henderson Alvarez was named as a replacement for Jordan Zimmermann due to injury.
- ^ Fernando Rodney was named as a replacement for David Price due to Price starting on Sunday.
- ^ Alfredo Simon was named as a replacement for Johnny Cueto due to Cueto starting on Sunday.
- ^ Tim Hudson was named as a replacement for Madison Bumgarner due to Bumgarner starting on Sunday.
- ^ Tyler Clippard was named as a replacement for Julio Teheran due to Teheran starting on Sunday.
- ^ Huston Street was named as a replacement for Tyson Ross due to Ross starting on Sunday.
- ^ Julio Teheran was named as a replacement for Jeff Samardzija due to him being traded to the Oakland Athletics.
- #: Indicates player would not play (replaced as per reference notes above).
|1||Andrew McCutchen||Pirates||CF||1||Derek Jeter||Yankees||SS|
|2||Yasiel Puig||Dodgers||RF||2||Mike Trout||Angels||LF|
|3||Troy Tulowitzki||Rockies||SS||3||Robinson Canó||Mariners||2B|
|4||Paul Goldschmidt||Diamondbacks||1B||4||Miguel Cabrera||Tigers||1B|
|5||Giancarlo Stanton||Marlins||DH||5||José Bautista||Blue Jays||RF|
|6||Aramis Ramírez||Brewers||3B||6||Nelson Cruz||Orioles||DH|
|7||Chase Utley||Phillies||2B||7||Adam Jones||Orioles||CF|
|8||Jonathan Lucroy||Brewers||C||8||Josh Donaldson||Athletics||3B|
|9||Carlos Gómez||Brewers||LF||9||Salvador Pérez||Royals||C|
|Adam Wainwright||Cardinals||P||Félix Hernández||Mariners||P|
The American League took a 3–0 lead in the first inning on a Derek Jeter double, a Mike Trout triple and a Miguel Cabrera home run. The NL scored two runs in the second with three consecutive hits by Aramis Ramírez, Chase Utley and Jonathan Lucroy against Jon Lester. Lucroy tied the game at three in the fourth with another RBI double. The American League took a 5–3 lead in the 5th on a Trout double and a José Altuve sacrifice fly. The lead held up and the AL won by the score of 5–3.
NL: Adam Wainwright
AL: Félix Hernández
WP: Max Scherzer (1–0) LP: Pat Neshek (0–1) Sv: Glen Perkins (1)
AL: Miguel Cabrera (1)
Umpires:Home Plate - Gary Cederstrom (crew chief); First Base - Jeff Nelson; Second Base - Bob Davidson; Third Base - Scott Barry; Left Field - Todd Tichenor; Right Field - Vic Carapazza
Weather: Temperature: 72 °F (22 °C), partly cloudy; Wind: 11 mph, in from left field
Time of Game: 3:13
In postgame interviews, pitcher Adam Wainwright suggested that he intentionally gave Derek Jeter some easy pitches to hit, knowing that it was the Yankee shortstop's final All-Star appearance before retiring at the end of the season. Because the American League took a 3–0 lead in the first inning partly because of Jeter's double off of Wainwright, some writers questioned the integrity of the rule awarding home field advantage in the World Series to the winning league in the All-Star Game. 
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