2012 MLB All-Star Game Live Blog: Results, Highlights and Postgame Reaction

Ely SussmanCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2012

The National League will have home-field advantage for the 2012 World Series after thrashing the American League, 8-0, in the 83rd MLB All-Star Game.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera (2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI) earned MVP honors.

It was lopsided from the get-go.

AL starter Justin Verlander surrendered five runs—all earned—in the first inning. He couldn't command his pitches, particularly a 81-mile-per-hour curveball that Pablo Sandoval lined to right field for a bases-clearing triple. 

That was all the support the NL All-Stars needed. Their pitching staff combined for an 11-man masterpiece. Every arm from Matt Cain to Jonathan Papelbon had success.

This marks the first time since 1996 that the Senior Circuit has won via shutout.