American League Scores 10th Straight All-Star Win

MVP Ichiro jump-starts 5-4 victory, Series edge
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 11, 2007 4:46 AM CDT
American League Scores 10th Straight All-Star Win
From left, American League's Michael Young, of the Texas Rangers, Manny Ramirez, of the Boston Red Sox, Torii Hunter, of the Minnesota Twins, and Ichiro Suzuki, of the Seattle Mariners, watch the action in the sixth inning of the All-Star baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 10, 2007. (AP...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The American League won its 10th straight Midsummer Classic last night, besting the National League 5-4. The game, hosted by San Francisco at AT&T Park, was a slugging match: MVP Ichiro Suzuki chalked up the first in-the-parker in All-Star game history, and blasts from Carl Crawford and Victor Martinez helped hand the AL a 1-run victory.

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Alfonso Soriano's 2-run shot in the bottom of the ninth proved too little too late for the NL, which used nine pitchers during the match-up. Boston's Josh Beckett threw two shutout innings for the winning decision.  The result gives the AL home field advantage in this year's World Series. (Read more All Star Game 2007 stories.)

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