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All-Star Game Recap

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NL 3, AL 4

Well, at least one Brave got to play in this game, though if you blinked you would have missed it.

If you are able to explain to me why nearly two million people voted for Yadier Molina to start in the All-Star Game, you are the greatest scientist-scholar in the world. You are likely able to resolve the ethical problems related to human cloning and cure most forms of cancer.

But I can explain why NL manager Charlie Manuel only used Brian McCann for one PH appearance in a 9-inning game that his team lost by one run: He's dumb. (Yes, Molina played well. But an offense starved for hitting should have gotten more than one at bat from McCann. And Manuel made enough bad calls last night for you to know I'm right.)

MVP: Would you believe it's Yadier Molina? The guy went 1-2 with an RBI.

LVP: Heath Bell. Dude faced 6 batters, gave up 2 hits and an intentional walk (!) in the 8th inning. He's lucky he only gave up the one run. (Ryan Howard came close to earning this award, though: with runners on second and third in the bottom of the 8th, and a chance to score the go-ahead run, he struck out as a pinch hitter. Awful.)

MiP: Curtis Granderson's 8th-inning triple off Bell. He scored the winning run on an Adam Jones sac fly.

UotG: In an All-Star Game, it's hard to exactly separate the "starting pitching" from the bullpen, but in this game the hitting -- or lack thereof -- was pretty decisive. Other than a 3-run outburst off Roy Halladay in the 2nd, the NL bats pretended they were the Braves: total hibernation for 8 out of 9 innings. Way to represent your league, boys.

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