AL beats NL in All-Star Game

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Mariano Rivera

NEW YORK - Over the past half-century, some of baseball's greatest pitchers have passed through the borough of Queens.

Tom Seaver once called Shea Stadium home. Nolan Ryan did, too, sharing a mound with Dwight Gooden, Pedro Martinez and so many others.

So it was only fitting that Tuesday evening, with Seaver in attendance at the borough's first All-Star Game in 49 years, pitching ruled the night.

American League pitchers held the National League to three hits in a 3-0 blanking at Citi Field, scoring World Series home-field advantage for the Junior Circuit for the first time since 2009.

In perhaps the most appropriate twist of all, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera - the embodiment of New York pitching excellence - received a standing ovation from the 45,186 in attendance when he entered in the eighth. Players in both dugouts cheered as Rivera stood alone on the mound, saluting Citi Field's fans before retiring the NL side in order to earn the Ted Williams All-Star Game MVP Award.