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All-Star Review

7/18/2008
Nora Meador
Baseball Factory


The 79th All-Star Game, a four hour and 50 minute affair, finally came to a close in the bottom of the 15th inning, as the American League defeated the National League 4-3. All nine Baseball Factory and Team One alumni who were named All-Stars received playing time. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, who started the game in center field, went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. He also put on quite a show in the Home Run Derby the night before when he hit a record-breaking 28 home runs in the first round. Several of his homeruns flew over 500 feet, and at one point during the contest, he hit 13 consecutive homeruns. Ryan Braun, another Baseball Factory and Team One alumni, also participated in the Home Run Derby. With seven homeruns in the first round, he beat out Chase Utley, Dan Uggla, Grady Sizemore, and Evan Longoria to advance to the second round.

Baseball Factory/ Team One Alumni Performances
Ian Kinsler, of the Texas Rangers, entered the game as a pinch runner for Joe Mauer. He finished the game with a single and a stolen base. Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann did not have any at-bats, but he entered the game defensively in the 15th inning. Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays pitched a scoreless fourth inning for the American League, with one hit, no walks, and a strikeout. Aaron Cook came in for the 10th inning and went on to pitch three scoreless innings. Cook only gave up four hits and managed to escape a bases loaded, no out situation. David Wright, who was added to the roster to replace an injured Alfonso Soriano, went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. Ryan Braun went 0-for-3, and Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox went 0-for-4. Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth had a single, and he threw out Dioner Navarro at home plate in the 11th inning, allowing the game to continue.

Futures Game
The All-Star Futures Game, which was played earlier in the week with top minor league prospects from the United States versus other prospects from all over the World, also featured several Baseball Factory and Team One alumni. Phillippe Aumont, a right handed pitcher, was named to the roster for the World team. Catcher Bryan Anderson and shortstop Cliff Pennington played for team USA. Matt LaPorta, who started at first base for Team USA, went 1-for-3 with a single. Team World was victorious, shutting out Team USA in a 3-0 win.

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