Another All-Star Game, another win for the Junior Circuit.
Not since Mark McGwire was still playing in Oakland has the National League won a Midsummer Classic, as the older league finished 0-for-the decade, with only a tie in 2002 keeping the AL from making it a clean sweep.
San Francisco's Tim Lincecum struggled at the outset, allowing a lead-off single to Ichiro, and hitting Derek Jeter with a pitch, with latter scoring on an error by hometown hero Albert Pujos. After a single by Jason Bay, a groundball out by Josh Hamilton scored Joe Mauer, as 67M sets an All-Star Game record by using three players whose first name begins with "J" in a single sentence.
The National League broke through with three runs off of AL starter Roy Halladay in the second, courtesy of four consecutive two-out hits, the last a ground-rule by double by last night's Home Run Derby winner, Prince Fielder.
Joe Mauer made sure Fielder would not be walking away with the MVP trophy, too, as he tied the game with a two-out, two-bagger in the fifth.
The AL forged ahead in the 8th on a sac fly by Adam Jones to score Curtis Granderson who had tripled with one out.
After having 18 consecutive batters go down, the Senior Circuit rallied in the 8th, putting two men on with two out. But Joe Nathan struck out Ryan Howard, and that was that.
Mariano Rivera came on in the ninth, and shut 'em down 1-2-3, with former "A" Miguel Tejada making the final out.
Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford, who made a homerun denying catch in the seventh, took home the Ted Williams MVP award.