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MLB: Mariano Rivera Named 2013 All-Star Game MVP
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MLB: Mariano Rivera Named 2013 All-Star Game MVP

Jul 17 2013, 1:15am CDT | by

Legendary closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was declared MVP of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. The American League All-Stars beat their National League counterparts, 3-0 to earn home field advantage in the 2013 World Series.

Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees achieved another milestone in his illustrious MLB career - 2013 All-Star Game MVP.  The game marked Rivera's last as an All-Star. The crowd of 45,186 at Citi...

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MLB: Mariano Rivera Named 2013 All-Star Game MVP

Jul 17 2013, 1:15am CDT | by

Legendary closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was declared MVP of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. The American League All-Stars beat their National League counterparts, 3-0 to earn home field advantage in the 2013 World Series.

Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees achieved another milestone in his illustrious MLB career - 2013 All-Star Game MVP. 

The game marked Rivera's last as an All-Star. The crowd of 45,186 at Citi Field, home of the Yankees' cross-town rival New York Mets, was on its feet  to give him a standing ovation once he took the field for the eighth inning to the tune of Metallica's Enter Sandman. Both the National League and American League All-Stars gave him a rousing ovation as well. 

Once he got on the mound, Rivera tipped the cap while other relievers came out to the warning track to honor the great Yankee closerHe appreciated  the adulation he received from everyone. 

"Nothing is better than this. I appreciate all of it. From the fans. From the peers."

American League manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers decided not to risk  waiting for a save opportunity that might never come for the Yankee closer. 

"If anybody ever messed up Mariano Rivera, I can lay claim to that. I just couldn't take any chance. You know, I'm probably not the most popular manager in baseball. I wanted to make sure I get out of here alive."

Rivera didn't get the save, but managed  to eke out a familiar 1-2-3 inning - Jean Segura groundout to second, Allen Craig flied to left field and a Carlos Gomez groundout to short. The save went to Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan who gave the game ball to Rivera once the game's final out was recorded.

Final score: American League 3, National League 0.

Rivera joined forces  with nine other American League pitchers to help limit their counterparts to just three hits. The three-run victory snapped a three-game slide against the National League in the All-Star Game.  

USA Today Sports' Paul White notes Rivera left an All-Star Game legacy  with a 0.00 ERA. The only run he ever allowed in an All-Star Game was an unearned one 13 years ago. 

Rivera, MLB's all-time leader in saves with 608 and owner of a career-playoff ERA of 0.70, formally announced his plans to retire  after the 2013 season on March 9. 

 
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MLB All-Star Game 2014: Players Who Will Gain Momentum from Tuesday's Results

Jul 16 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox
Derek Jeter rightfully stood under the spotlight on Tuesday night in his final All-Star Game and passed the torch to Mike Trout on his way out. The American League will host the World Series for the second consecutive year as a result, one flip of the calendar removed from Mariano Rivera shining in his final Midsummer Classic. SportsCenter illustrated the historic moment: While much of the attention will be levied a ...
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MLB All-Star Game 2014 Results: Score, Twitter Reaction, Recap and Analysis

Jul 15 2014 10:53pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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For the second season in a row, the American League will host the World Series. And for the second season in a row, it has a New York Yankee legend to thank. Last year, it was Mariano Rivera taking home MVP in his all-star game swan song. This year, Derek Jeter wasn't given the same award, but he delivered a similarly memorable walk-off performance, going 2-for-2 with a single, double and a run scored to help the AL to a 5-3 ...
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Trout, Jeter lead AL to All-Star win over NL

Jul 15 2014 10:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double tha ...
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Trout, Jeter lead AL to All-Star win over NL

Jul 15 2014 10:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned the 22-year-old MVP honours. On a summer evening filled with rem ...
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Trout, Jeter lead AL to All-Star win over NL

Jul 15 2014 10:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double ...
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Trout, Jeter lead AL to All-Star win over NL

Jul 15 2014 10:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned him MVP hono ...
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Trout, Jeter lead AL to All-Star win over NL

Jul 15 2014 10:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned the 22-year-old MVP h ...
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6 days ago

Trout, Jeter lead AL to All-Star win over NL

Jul 15 2014 10:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 days ago

Trout, Jeter lead AL to All-Star win over NL

Jul 15 2014 10:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits. Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned the 22-year-old MVP honour ...
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