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BREAKING NEWS: With one stroke of the bat, Red Sox RF J.D. Drew knocked in a 2-run shot off Cincinatti Reds SP Edinson Volquez to tie the All-Star Game at 2-2 in the 7th inning. We’ll keep you posted.
Update: Sox Closer Jonathan Papelbon came in the 8th inning to a slew of boos and chants of “Overrated”. He gave up an unearned run (thanks to the throwing error of Tampa Bay Rays C Dioner Navarro) to give the lead back to the NL, 3-2.
Update #2: Tampa Bay Rays Rookie 3B Evan Longoria saved Pap from getting saddled with the loss by knotting it up 3-3 in the 8th inning, driving in Cleveland Indians CF Grady Sizemore on a ground-rule double.
Update #3: J.D. Drew went down looking in the 9th. We’re going to extra innings.
Update #4: Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera allowed 2 hits to Los Angeles Dodgers C Russell Martin and Houston Astros SS Miguel Tejada only to be saved by the double play to get out unscathed.
Update #5: Florida Marlins 2B Dan Uggla committed an error to allow Texas Rangers SS Michael Young on base in the 10th. Uggla then committed a second error to get the winning run over to third. Colorado Rockies SP Aaron Cook intentionally loads the bases and gets out of it! Thanks to an amazing bare-handed play by Miguel Tejada, the NL escaped a no-outs, bases loaded situation! On to the 11th… could this be another tie?
Update #6: With the AL threatening, Dioner Navarro (fat piece of @#$%) was thrown out at the plate by Pittsburgh Pirates CF Nate McLouth. Washington Nationals SS Cristian Guzman got the NL out of the side with a good throw to 1st.
Update #7: It is now 12:31 AM EST. Tonight’s ASG is the longest in ASG history, in terms of time. Someone lose this game, I want to go to sleep.
Update #8: Detroit Tigers SS Carlos Guillen leads off with a stand-up double. Sizemore advances the runner to 3rd. Cook gets his first strikeout of the night off Longoria. Cook intentionally walks Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau to bring Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler up to the plate. Morneau steals 2nd uncontested. Aaaand Kinsler grounds out to end the inning.
Update #9: With J.D. Drew at bat, he appeared to ground out to Dan Uggla, until he committed a THIRD error, putting Drew at first. Uggla has set an All-Star record for Most Errors by Any Single Player. Drew steals 2nd in a close play to get in scoring position. Chicago White Sox OF Carlos Quentin strikes out to continue my misery.
Update #10: On to the 15th inning.
Update: #11: Morneau on 3rd, Navarro on 2nd, and Drew on 1st (Are these the only guys playing?). One out. Michael Young sac flies out to Milwaukee Brewers OF Corey Hart and Morneau is safe at the plate!!! AL WINS 4-3!!! Time of game: 4 hours, 50 minutes (MLB Record). AL remains unbeaten in the last 12 ASG. Goodnight everybody!
Tags: Aaron Cook, All-Star Game, Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Corey Hart, Cristian Guzman, Dan Uggla, Evan Longoria, Florida Marlins, Grady Sizemore, Houston Astros, J.D. Drew, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin Morneau, Mariano Rivera, Michael Young, Miguel Tejada, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Nate McLouth, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals