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2014 MLB All-Star Game

Jul 15, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s another cool, windy day in the Twin Cities, but thankfully there’s no rain in the forecast after last night’s already-tedious Home Run Derby was delayed. It should be a beautiful night as the baseball world converges on Target Field for the 85th All-Star Game.

There are no shortage of big-name players to keep an eye on: Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw, to list only a few. But let’s be honest, the real star tonight is Derek Jeter. Making his 14th and final All-Star appearance, the Yankees shortstop is certain to be the center of attention, and rightfully so. No word yet what kind of tribute MLB has planned for Jeter, but you can bet something is in the works.

Tyler Clippard, as you know by now, is the Nationals’ lone representative. Whether he actually appears in this game is up in the air. As a last-minute roster replacement — and as a guy who has appeared in an All-Star Game before (he earned the win after facing only one batter in 2011) — you’d think he’d be low on the totem pole tonight. But we’ll see. At the very least, Clippard will get his moment along the baseline, standing next to his fellow All-Stars.

Enjoy the game, and please check back for updates throughout…

2014 MLB ALL-STAR GAME
Where: Target Field
Gametime: 8:12 p.m. EDT
TV: FOX
Radio: 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, 980 AM, XM 89, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 69 degrees, Wind 7 mph LF to RF

NATIONAL LEAGUE
CF Andrew McCutchen
RF Yasiel Puig
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Paul Goldschmidt
DH Giancarlo Stanton
3B Aramis Ramirez
2B Chase Utley
C Jonathan Lucroy
LF Carlos Gomez
(RHP Adam Wainwright)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
SS Derek Jeter
LF Mike Trout
2B Robinson Cano
1B Miguel Cabrera
RF Jose Bautista
DH Nelson Cruz
CF Adam Jones
3B Josh Donaldson
C Salvador Perez
(RHP Felix Hernandez)

UMPIRES
HP Gary Cederstrom (cc)
1B Jeff Nelson
2B Bob Davidson
3B Scott Barry
LF Todd Tichenor
RF Vic Carrapazza

7:55 p.m. — They are wrapping up the player intros as we speak. Despite the ridiculous-looking special All-Star Game caps, and the even more-ridiculous-looking National League jersey they’re making Jeff Samardzija wear, these intros always get to me. Easily my favorite moment of the night. Tyler Clippard seemed to enjoy his introduction. He wore full shades, apparently the only All-Star to do that.

8:19 p.m. — And we are underway after a stirring pregame ceremony in which 30 teachers (one representing each MLB team) were honored. Idina Menzel belted out Forever Young and the Star Spangled Banner. A brass quintet played Oh Canada. Derek Jeter received the first of what will be many standing ovations tonight. Rod Carew threw out the ceremonial first pitch. And now Felix Hernandez has fired ball one to Andrew McCutchen amid a flurry of lightbulbs. Let’s play ball!

8:26 p.m. — Oh man, we almost had a perfect moment to start this game. Jeter dove well to his left to snag McCutchen’s hot shot, then hopped up to his feet and fired to first base. The crowd was about to explode … until first base ump Jeff Nelson called McCutchen safe. Yeah, I know it was the correct call. But come on, you gotta give Jeter that one, right? Apparently not. McCutchen nearly stole the show in the top of the first, taking second on a wild pitch and stealing third. But he was stranded there when Paul Goldschmidt grounded out to third to end the inning.

8:41 p.m. — What a start for the AL. As Jeter stepped to the plate, the late Bob Sheppard’s familiar intro — “Number 2, Derek Jeter, Number 2″ — piped in over the PA system as Adam Wainwright stepped off the mound, Jonathan Lucroy and Gary Cederstrom stepped away from the plate to give Jeter his moment. Then as the crowd began chanting “Der-ek Je-ter!” he lined one of his trademark, opposite-field doubles down the right-field line. And that was just the beginning. Mike Trout (who ain’t too shabby himself) drilled a triple off the wall in right field, scoring Jeter with the night’s first run. A few minutes later, Miguel Cabrera did his part to try to steal yet another MVP award away from Trout by drilling a 2-run homer to left. Just like that, it’s 3-0 American League, and Mike Matheny’s decision to start Wainwright over Clayton Kershaw isn’t looking so hot.

8:55 p.m. — Don’t count out the NL just yet, folks. They can hit a little bit, too. Back-to-back doubles by Chase Utley and Jonathan Lucroy off Jon Lester brought home a pair of runs and trimmed the AL lead to 3-2 in the middle of the second. And now here is Kershaw taking the mound for the NL.

9:14 p.m. — Things have settled down a bit here, with Kershaw tossing a 1-2-3 bottom of the second and Yu Darvish tossing a 1-2-3 top of the third that included a 56 mph eephus pitch! Even Livan Hernandez had to be impressed with that. To the bottom of the third we go, Alfredo Simon taking the mound with the NL still trailing 3-2.

9:28 p.m. — Hey, it’s another base hit for Jeter, this one a single right field. You know, if only this guy tried to go the opposite way a little more, he might have built himself a pretty good career. Oh, well. Still 3-2 AL after three.

9:41 p.m. — After the entire AL team took the field for the top of the fourth, Alexei Ramirez emerged from the dugout to replace Jeter at shortstop. So Derek got his final moment walking off the field to another standing O. As Sinatra’s “New York, New York” played over the P.A., he gave hugs to everybody in the AL dugout, then came back up the dugout steps to acknowledge the NL dugout and the crowd one more time. Nice moment, of course. Even nicer from the NL’s perspective: Lucroy ripped his second RBI double of the night, tying this game 3-3.

10:00 p.m. — It’s been a rough 24 hours for Yasiel Puig. First, he was shut out in the Home Run Derby. And now he’s 0-for-3 with three strikeouts tonight. Target Field has been a Bat-Flip-Free Zone this week.

10:21 p.m. — Well, Tyler Clippard just got his All-Star moment. Though it wasn’t quite what he expected. Summoned to pitch the NL out of a fifth-inning jam, with runners on second and third, one out and the pesky Jose Altuve at the plate, Clippard fired a curveball. That hit the backstop on the fly. And ricocheted right back to catcher Devin Mesoraco. Who nearly threw out Ramirez at third base. Chaos. Clippard then served up a rocket to the diminutive Altuve, though it was hit right at the left fielder for a sac fly. Now all he had to do was face some guy named Miguel Cabrera. The two engaged in a pretty good battle, with Clippard finally winning on the eighth pitch, getting Miggy to fly out to center on a changeup. So after all that, it’s 5-3 AL after five, Clippard did manage to retire both batters he faced, and now only needs the NL to score three runs in the top of the sixth to have a shot at vulturing the win.

10:33 p.m. — Sorry, folks, no Clippard vulture tonight. The NL went down in the top of the sixth, so they still trail 5-3.

10:49 p.m. — The NL is running out of time to mount a rally. Still 5-3 at the seventh-inning stretch.

11:05 p.m. — Six more outs for the NL to try to score at least two runs. It’ll be Starlin Castro, Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo in the top of the eighth against left-hander Sean Doolittle.

11:18 p.m. — The NL had a shot at something in the top of the eighth, putting two on with two out. But Fernando Rodney got the only Met in this game, Daniel Murphy, to strike out. So much for that. Still 5-3 AL heading to the bottom of the eighth.

11:26 p.m. — Aroldis Chapman vs. Yoenis Cespedes. Me like. Groundout on the second pitch. Me don’t like. To the ninth we go, it’s 5-3 AL and the Twins’ own battery of Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki will try to close this one out.

11:31 p.m. — Ballgame. AL wins, 5-3. Game 1 of the World Series will be in an AL park this fall.

165 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. scnatsfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    The sad part, for me, is that as a kid this was a huge night for me. Whiffle ball games in the backyard with the neighborhood followed by everyone watching at one of the houses. Tonight I’ll check in to watch Clip pitch an inning… Maybe. Growing older stinks.

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  2. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I don’t normally make predictions, but I’m thinking Tyler Clippard pitches scoreless 14th and 15th innings, picking up his 2nd ASG win.

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  3. natsguy - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I couldn’t care less about this nonsense of a game.

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  4. natsbro - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I guess I’m gonna watch it considering there’s no other baseball on…haha

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    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      MASN has White Sox @ B’more from last year.

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      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Is that supposed to be a positive or a negative?

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        No.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Very nice; thanks for the link.

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    • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Thanks for sharing this NL. Good for him.

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  5. davecydell - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Maybe not a prediction, but an observation: I would take the Nat’s lineup against either one of these.

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    • Faraz Shaikh - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Joking I guess.

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      • davecydell - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Dead serious.
        The only addition I would take is Freddie Freeman.
        Second half is gonna be an eyeopener.
        Buckle-down.

    • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      That hilarious! Yeah, Span over McCutcheon, Werth over Puig, ALR over Goldschmidt. Desi over Tulo. You should join Johnny and Ray on the postgame show.

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      • adcwonk - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:30 PM

        Of the nine batters starting for the NL, eight of them have a higher BA than anyone on the Nats.

        I love my Nats — but I’d take the NL starting lineup to go the WS easily.

  6. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Back to the Houston/Brady Aiken story for a moment. I am reading things correctly that if Houston doesn’t sign Mr. Aiken, the Astros would get the 2nd pick in next year’s draft? Not one of those sandwich picks after the 10th selection or between the 1st and 2nd round? Wow. So, if that were to happen, Houston could well end up with two top-five picks? You don’t want to lose the overall number one, of course, but that’s not a bad long-term result.

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      They won’t have the worst record this year possibly and I think it is a big deal as they won’t get the presumptive #1 pick in 2015 but the #2 and some other pick in their slot based on 2014 record.

      They also take a hit in publicity as we know fanbases seem to never forget. Look no further thanNats fans have to hear about Crow from someone near every Draft.

      Anyone check on the #2 overall picks from the 2009 and 2010 drafts? I did. Tell me how Dustin Ackley and Jameson Taillon are both doing compared to Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.

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      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        “Look no further than Nats fans have to hear about Crow from someone near every draft.”

        Yes, but … I doubt Rizzo cares.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Good points. Especially about the hit from the fan base. Two top fives would also seem to take away any real flexibility in terms of signing bonus pool money (which I still don’t full understand).

  7. TimDz - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    I haven’t read the article….
    but remember that, before buying the Brewers, He was a used car salesman…..

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/07/15/bud-selig-says-masn-negotiations-could-be-resolved-by-january-2015/

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    • micksback1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      My favorite Brewers era was of course when Robin Yount was in his prime and Harvey Kuhn managed and the great Bill Veeck was the owner. Mr Veeck was a great man.

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    • ArVAFan - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      If that photo was taken when he was answering that question, he looks as if he’s in total “avoid” mode. But maybe that’s just a coincidence.

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  8. micksback1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I wish somehow the Nats could get Stanton from the Marlins, that kid I think is the next Hank Aaron

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      He’s been my favorite for years but you only get him if you can extend him. He’s a 2 year rental beyond this year.

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  9. micksback1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    If Clip does not play, then Matheny is a total douchebag

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  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    I guess the Nats will be starting the World Series on the road ;)

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Quickly 3-0 now! That kills Waino’s ERA for the All Star game.

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      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Yeah, they missed the easy part of the cycle on that one.

  11. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    “Yeah, I know it was the correct call.”

    I dunno. I looked at it three times in stop-mo and I’m not at all sure he didn’t beat it.

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  12. David Proctor - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Thanks a lot Matheny

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  13. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Three runs in the first off Wainwright… where I have I seen that before? Wait, don’t tell me.

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  14. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    If it weren’t for the fact that it would be nice for the Nats to have home field advantage, I’d kind of enjoy Matheny’s hand picked home town starter getting rocked in the 1st inning.

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    • dcwx61 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      justice
      A travesty that not one Nats starting pitcher is on this team along with Clippard.
      Rendon will be on the team next year.

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    • adcwonk - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Indeed — as I write this after the 8th inning we have:

      Cardinal pitchers: allowed 5 runs in 1-1/3 innings
      All the other NL pitchers: allowed 0 runs in the other 6-2/3 innings

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  15. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Yah. Pitcher’s duel.

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  16. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    The Brewers players really want that home field advantage.

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  17. Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Can’t blame those two runs on Jeter.

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    • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Jeter has MVP in the bag. He scored the first run, and almost threw out McCutcheon for the first out.

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  18. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Interesting to see both Puig and Trout unable to catch possibly catchable balls.

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    • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      And now Bautista. Outfielders not covering themselves with glory

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      • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Nice one by CarGo.

      • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        You mean Gomez, right? CarGo is Carlos Gonzales of the Rockies.

  19. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    They’re setting up Clippard for the Win.

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    • NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      +1 All we need is a tie game, use up all the closers and bring him in for the 11th.

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  20. NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Can’t we just keep Kershaw in there?

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  21. dcwx61 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    I love the aljl star game…:I love seeing the greatest players in the game today all on one team. Don’t get too old for the All star game for as Vince Scully once said,

    It’s a blink of the eye from the All Star Game to the Old Timers game.

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    • dcwx61 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      and it comes before we know it…

      and its raining cats and dogs here in DC.

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    • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      I have to say that I was fortunate enough to attend All-Star Games in Kansas City (1960) and DC (1969) and they were unforgettable experiences. Which is why it’s a travesty that they’re now held so late that most kids can’t watch them.

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      • dcwx61 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Yes, indeed. I remember the first time several yankees of my youth were voted in (was it 75 with Nettles, , Munson, Lyle ??), but I was smiling from ear to ear as only a 13 year old awkward, clumsy, mutant looking kid could.
        Now, those with me on that night are gone..I sit alone in a quiet desperation straining for a glimmer of that long ago past.
        Yikes,, better lighten up…picked a bad week to give up drinking kool aid.

  22. NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    I don’t mind the All-Star Game at all. Yes, you can see all the players on MLB.tv, but you don’t see them all at the same time, pitchers facing one great hitter after another and vice-versa. Plus they are facing hitters/pitchers they don’t normally see, so there is not a “routine” at-bat to be had, in an unfamiliar park (espcially for NL players)…

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    • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Seeing Willie Mays hit a triple was worth the price of admission.

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      • adcwonk - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        I remember when Mays (age 40?) led off for the NL in 1968. He got on base, and ended up scoring the only run of a 1-0 NL victory.

    • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      +1. Hope all those folks who planned to “boycott” are having fun watching some forgettable movie. You don’t get to see King Felix pitch to McCutcheon, Puig, and Tulo every day of the week.

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  23. NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Goldschmidt got BAPiP’d.

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  24. Hiram Hover - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Revealing that when Ken Rosenthal asks Bud to reflect on his 20+ years as commissioner, the thing he wants to talk about is “labor peace.”

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    • dcwx61 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      and economic prosperity for his good friend and personal attorney, PA

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  25. David Proctor - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Jeff Passan ‏@JeffPassan 1m
    Adam Wainwright admitted he grooved a fastball to Derek Jeter in the first: “I was gonna give him a couple pipe shots. He deserved it.”

    It counts. If it didn’t count, okay but it does. This could have World Series implications. Stupid.

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      I don’t believe him. Jeter schooled him and so did Trout and Cabrera. Did he groove it to them also?

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      • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        +1

      • natinalsgo - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        That’s also disrespectful to Jeter to say in basic terms he gave him a gift. I just lost lots of respect for the former Barve Wainwright.

    • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      The only thing cheesier than grooving a pitch is saying that’s what you did after the game.

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      • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        He must be taking “old school” lessons from Cole Hamels.

      • natinalsgo - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Classless. Waino gives up 3 earned runs and now trying to say because he grooved one to Jeter. I’m ticked off now.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        “@ThomasBoswellWP: Wainwright says he grooved a couple to Jeter. Maybe ‘bush’ to do it. But worse to SAY you did it. Ruins moment you conspired to create. Dope”

      • NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        I agree with Boz for once. You do it but you don’t ever SAY you did it! Just like when you hit a guy–“it slipped.” So you say, “I just didn’t have in that first inning.”

    • NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      He did groove it, I thought that when I saw it. But he (obviously) thought he could control the situation after that. Oooooops. Man, that Dee Gordon is fast.

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      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Funny, nobody said it at the time and it was pitch #2 and was a cutter. Everyone called it the vintage Jeter at the time and the “Jeter inside/out swing” if I’m quoting Harold Reynolds correctly.

        Did he groove one to Trout or Cabrera?

        If you are grooving a pitch you aren’t throwing a cutter. I’m not buying.

  26. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    What a jerk Wainwright is. Unreal.

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      I’m so pissed that he would make a mockery of the integrity of the game and then publicly say it makes him a lowlife in my book. Loved Tom Boswell slamming him.

      “@ThomasBoswellWP: Wainwright says he grooved a couple to Jeter. Maybe ‘bush’ to do it. But worse to SAY you did it. Ruins moment you conspired to create. Dope”

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  27. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    If the NL can pull this out, and no one hits a HR to win it, Lucroy is on track to be MVP. RBI doubles against Lester and Sale. Not bad.

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  28. janebeard - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Even though we have only one official Nat there, I like seeing Zook and Norris as FORMER citizens of Natstown. PLEASE win this NL!

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    • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Pretty wild that Zuki, who was Ramos’s backup, and Norris, who was dealt because there was no room at the Nats’ inn for him because of Ramos, are probably both going to catch in the ASG. Let’s hope the Buffalo gets there soon.

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      • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        And Norris gets a hit. Announcers didn’t say a word about him, so busy talking about Neshek. It would be cosmic justice if Neshek also gives up a run. Maybe Carpenter can come on and strike out for the last out.

  29. janebeard - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    I think Wainwright is having an off night — what about Miggy? And Trout? He’s just trying to make it look like it was deliberate when it wasn’t. Shoulda gone with Clayton, Mike.

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      See my posts above.

      “Funny, nobody said it at the time and it was pitch #2 and was a cutter. Everyone called it the vintage Jeter at the time and the “Jeter inside/out swing” if I’m quoting Harold Reynolds correctly.

      Did he groove one to Trout or Cabrera?

      If you are grooving a pitch you aren’t throwing a cutter. I’m not buying.”

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      • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        Unless you’re Ron Harper pitching Home Run Derby to Bryce. ;-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Bryce had been hitting those his whole life, but yah. Ron doesn’t throw a Mariano cutter also.

      • NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        Well, I was driving at the time, in buckets of rain. But I said so out loud in my car… It was obvious. The problem was he over-estimated his ability to control the situation after that. Hubris.

      • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Wait, NL. You’re saying it was obvious listening on the radio that the pitch was grooved?? That’s kind of extraordinary.

      • nats128 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        You lost me. Your driving your car watching the game or listening on the raidio?

      • nats128 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        “NatsLady – Jul 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM
        Well, I was driving at the time, in buckets of rain. But I said so out loud in my car… It was obvious. The problem was he over-estimated his ability to control the situation after that. Hubris.”

        How was it obvious if you didnt see it. Sure I thought it to myself at the time that Wanwright gave him a creampuff but as Ghost said you dont throw a cutter if you are grooving a pitch you throw him the straight fastball.

      • NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        I had the game on the radio, yes. And yes, it seemed obvious. I said so in my car.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        I don’t know how to respond to that NatsLady. It was a cutter. The 1st pitch was a ball. Wainwright is a jerk.

      • natinalsgo - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        The defense attorney turns to his client and tells his client to say nothing else and whispers “You are digging yourself a deeper hole”.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: The first pitch Adam Wainwright threw to Derek Jeter was a ball, which pokes a hole in his “pipe shot” claim.”

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  31. Danny - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I hate everything Cardinal red, especially Mike Matheny.

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  32. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Those wonderful pitchers from the Cardinals are putting on a real spectacle.

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  33. janebeard - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Tyler getting lose! Finally a good coaching decision. We needed him one or two batters ago.

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  34. nats128 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Cardinals pitchers sucking it up.

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  35. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Bring in Clip to bail him out! Cardinal pitchers are singlehandedly losing home field advantage for the NL. Nice work Metheny.

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    • Danny - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Carpenter over Rendon is still a joke.

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      • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        If only Carpenter had been playing 3rd on that play, the cosmic justice would have been perfect.

  36. wearenationals - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Clippard is in the game!

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  37. janebeard - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Man the Cards are hurting us even when we aren’t playing them!

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  38. Danny - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Is that H Rod?!

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  39. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Ouch. Looks like Clip grooved that pitch to avoid another wild pitch.

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  40. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Gotta say Clippard vs Altuve isn’t a matchup I’d enjoy even during the regular season.

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    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      C’mon, where are you going to see a pickoff to third better than that?

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  41. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Glad Clippard’s getting this one out of his system on someone else’s dime.

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    • nats128 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      He got out of it. Tough situation wit 2 in scoring position and 1 out and Altuve up and Miggy on deck.

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      • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Definitely. Balls were smoked, though.

      • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        First one was smoked, right after he uncorked that pitch to the backstop. Second one was a popfly.

  42. nats128 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Cardinals give up 5 earned runs.

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  43. janebeard - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Tyler gave up a run LAST time. Watch. He’ll be the winning pitcher again. It’s all set up. GYFNLG!

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    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Did he? I thought he gave up a hit, but not a run.

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      • NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        He gave up a hit. Hunter Pence threw the runner out at the plate. In the next inning the NL scored and Clip was the winner.

  44. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Considering who he was facing there, and the situation, that wasn’t a bad outing for Clip. Not his fault a Cardinal pitcher left him a guy on 3rd.

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      +1 Man on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out. Minimal damage.

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    • NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Yes, but Clip’s such a flyball guy. Was there no one among all those pitchers who is a sinkerball type?

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      • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Yeah. The one who got taken out. :-D

      • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        More importantly, with Cueto and Bumgarner still in the pen, why is Neshak starting the inning? Save your relievers for matchups in the last few innings if it’s close. Not enough to name your team’s setup guy to the game, you pitch him in the 5th? Lame.

      • NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Very good point, 222. I don’t understand Matheny’s usage at all. Except for once I had to admire Freddie Freeman’s scoop of the Dee Gordan throw. Great on both ends.

  45. coollikelivo - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Is it the stadium, Fox, or just me, but why the unusually high camera angle from center field?

    Alao, what is that background humming sound? Like a drone or something….

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  46. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Rumor has it that there’s a baseball game going on. Maybe they could ask Jeter about it.

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      After Jeter was complimenting Waino in that Fox dugout interview of how classy it was when Waino stepped of the mound before the 1st pitch, Jeter will soon find out later that Waino claimed to groove a pitch for him.

      Not good.

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      • nats128 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        That is just part of the drama. Leave it to a Cardinals player. They are sharks smelling blood in the waters.

  47. Danny - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    K Rod picked over Soriano.. Facepalm. What do the brewers have 4-5 all stars? Their season is tanking, eager to sweep em.

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  48. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Freddie Freeman can play on my team any time. ANY time.

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      He’s a good ballplayer. I love his 2 strike approach and his plan when he steps into the batters box with RISP. I have always given him respect in regards to that.

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  49. breakbad1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    It’s just like watching an All-Star game before baseball returned to Washington. Yes, 2 flies for Clip; otherwise, we do not exist.

    I would estimate there are 10 players on each squad who, knowing their full-time team has no chance of going to the World Series, could not care less who wins this game. The decision to give home-field advantage to the winner of this exhibition game was truly idiotic.

    I would even bet there are several players on both teams who would prefer (maybe because they have close friends or relatives, or former teammates) on the other squad tonight, that they would prefer the OPPOSING team win.

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    • natinalsgo - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      I disagree. Apparently everyone but Wanwright is taking this seriously.

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      • breakbad1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        The players in this game are playing with the same intensity as if they were playing in the World Series themselves tonight? Would Dee Gordon channel Deion in a World Series game–did that look serious to you?

      • natinalsgo - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        Dee Gordon’s WebGem or Dee Gordon scoring on the double?

  50. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Cespedes Family BBQ ‏@CespedesBBQ 1m
    Apparently MLB let a deaf, ugly version of Matthew McConaughey sing God Bless America.

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    • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      Jesse Spector ‏@jessespector 1m

      God Bless America, indeed. MT @reddusfoximus For those unfamiliar with Joe Nichols, he’s notorious for “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.”

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  51. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Both the anthem and GBA were butchered tonight. Not good.

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    • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      We had free tickets for the Idina Menzel musical that previewed at the National Theater before going to Broadway. Left at intermission, gladly. She’s loud, I’ll give her that.

      As for the Nichols guy, well… stay classy, MLB.

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  52. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Keith Law channels Nats’ fans in 140 characters or less:

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    • Hiram Hover - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      +1

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    • Steady Eddie - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Only positive thing about that is it will give all the other contending NL teams more reason to have it in for Metheny and the Cards this season.

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  53. natinalsgo - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    I can deal with Rodney’s bow and arrow routine although I can’t stand his crooked cap drunk sailor thing. I wish Jeter would walk over to him and tell him that would never fly with the Yankees.

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  54. breakbad1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    It would be fun to hear Fox interview Thomas Boswell, on the subject of Calvin Griffith’s main reason for moving the Senators to Minnesota. Boswell has written about the topic.

    This, from Wikipedia:

    Under Calvin Griffith’s ownership, just a few years after his father’s death, the Senators were moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota in 1961. They were renamed the Minnesota Twins. Famous for his sayings (“He’ll either be the best manager in baseball — or the worst,” he said when he gave a young Billy Martin his first manager job[2]), one of his most infamous landed him in trouble in 1978, drawing charges of racism. Speaking at a Lions Club dinner in Waseca, Minnesota, Griffith was quoted as saying:

    “I’ll tell you why we came to Minnesota. It was when we found out you only had 15,000 blacks here. Black people don’t go to ballgames, but they’ll fill up a rassling ring and put up such a chant it’ll scare you to death. We came here because you’ve got good, hardworking white people here.”[3]

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    • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      He and George Preston Marshall were a matched pair of unreconstructed Neanderthals.

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      • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        Actually his father, Clark, was the matched pair. Calvin was the inadequate chip off the old block.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Yeah, that was not the slickest “Ooops, my bad” ever from Wainwright. He does looked seriously uncomfortable, tho.

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      • stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        As well he should. He deserves to be embarrassed.

  55. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Damage control by Wainwright. Says he was kidding. Hmmm. Don’t know what social media has to do with it. Ken Rosenthal got the quote.

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    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      I don’t think he grooved it but how do you trust his retraction.

      I just don’t think you groove a pitch other than a 4-seamer in a known hot zone.

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      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        My theory above was that he didn’t groove anything but I think initially in his comments he took an opportunity to cover-up for his crappy performance giving up 3 earned runs and it backfired in a bad and embarrassing way. Now we will never know.

      • nats128 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        That would screw up Natslady knowing in her car listening on the raidio that it was grooved. It had to be grooved I tell ya!

  56. breakbad1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    We got guys like Calvin Griffith and Bob Short to run our teams in Washington. And to this day, even with Washington leading the NL East in ATTENDANCE, we get regular questions on whether Washington will support a baseball team. I think this is relevant tonight–especially as we were nearly kept off the NL squad altogether.

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  57. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Say what, Mr. FOX Sports commentator? Adam Wainwright cleared it up? Adam Wainwright dug a hole and then kept digging. .

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    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Yeah, they should get Jim Gray to interview him after this.

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  58. stoatva - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Having the Twins’ battery in to close is classy. Matheny, take notes.

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  59. Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Doesn’t Metheny have a single RH batter on the bench?

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    • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Brilliant managing by Metheny. Lefties against Doolitte and Perkins. Weird. Was he even trying to win?

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  60. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Well, that one’s on the Cardinal pitchers.

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  61. NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Well, at least Clipp allowing the sac-fly wasn’t the difference in the game. I lost ALL respect for Matheny (if I had much in the first place).

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  62. breakbad1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Looks like we’ll play the first game in Oakland in October.

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  63. nats128 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Peg that loss on the Cardinals and there Manager.

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    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Their, their. It’ll be ok.

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      • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Ha!

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I really like that Corvette. Surprised Trout won it over Jeter. Jeter was 2-2 and Trout was 2-3.

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    • Section 222 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      Jeter scored just one run. Trout scored 2 and drove in 2. Cabrera hit a 2-run homer. Pretty big prize for kind of a dumb award, voted by the fans no less. Play 5 innings, win a car. Of course, these guys make so much money they can buy any car then want whenever they want. I’m surprised Trout’s mom doesn’t already have a Corvette if she likes it so much.

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