Grading All Participants of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJuly 17, 2013

Grading All Participants of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game

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    Mariano Rivera was named the MVP of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, highlighting the field of 55 players to play in the Midsummer Classic.

    The New York Yankees closer pitched a perfect eighth inning for the American League, helping the team beat the National League 3-0 and end the NL's three-game winning streak.

    Mo was considered the best player of the night, but how did the others stack up? Here are grades for every participant in the All-Star Game.

C Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: B

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    Stat Line: 1-for-2, single

    Joe Mauer was voted the starting catcher for the American League, thanks to his bat, and he delivered with a single.

    Batting .320 on the year, Mauer has been making solid contact all year, and Tuesday night was no different.

    His single in the fifth inning helped the AL score its second run of the game, and without Mauer's single, Cliff Lee may have pitched out of the game.

    Grade: B

1B Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: B+

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    Stat Line: 1-for-3, single, K

    Chris Davis didn't exactly show off the power it took to hit 37 home runs before the All-Star Game, but he still found himself on first base.

    Davis singled over Joey Votto's head right after Miguel Cabrera led off the fourth with a double, and he helped bring in the first run of the game.

    Grade: B+

2B Robinson Cano, New York Yankees: N/A

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    Stat Line: 0-for-0, HBP

    New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano's fifth All-Star Game didn't go as planned.

    After being hit on the knee by Matt Harvey in his first at-bat, Cano tried to stay in the game, but was pulled for a pinch runner after Miguel Cabrera struck out, swinging one batter after him.

    Yankees fans are praying their best hitter is OK, but seeing him leave early was a bad sign.

    Grade: Incomplete

SS J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles: B

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, RBI

    J.J. Hardy might not have recorded a hit, but he knocked in the second run of the game on a fielder's choice.

    After Mauer's single sent Adam Jones to third with nobody out, Hardy just needed to put the ball in play to score Jones, and he delivered. He also beat out the throw, avoiding a double play.

    Grade: B

3B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: A-

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    Stat Line: 1-for-3, 2B, K, run

    No game would be complete without an extra-base hit from Miguel Cabrera, and he delivered with a leadoff double in the top of the fourth.

    Miggy would eventually come around to score the first run of the game, opening the scoring for the AL and doing what he does best—producing runs.

    What's more, Cabrera also made two solid plays in the field to help keep the NL quiet when he was on the field.

    Grade: A-

OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: B+

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    Stat Line: 1-for-3, 2B

    Mike Trout led off for the American League, and he knew what to do.

    Trout was looking for a fastball from Matt Harvey to start the game, and he got it, ripping a double to right field on the very first pitch of the game.

    Trout was quiet after that, but he had one of just five extra-base hits in the game.

    Grade: B+

OF Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles: B+

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    Stat Line: 1-for-3, 2B, run, 2 K

    After striking out in his first at-bat of the game, Adam Jones ripped a double to start the fifth inning, and he would come around to score two batters later.

    Jones' double set up the AL for an important second run, widening the gap between teams, if only by one run.

    Grade: B+

OF Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays: B

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, RBI, K

    Jose Bautista drove in the first run of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, lifting a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Cabrera after he struck out to end the first.

    The Toronto Blue Jays slugger might not have wowed anyone, but he sure got the job done.

    Grade: B

DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox: C-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, fly out, GIDP

    Big Papi's ninth All-Star Game definitely wasn't his best.

    While Ortiz's resurgence at the age of 37 has helped him lead the Boston Red Sox in just about every notable category, it didn't help him in the Midsummer Classic.

    When you're the DH for an All-Star team, you're expected to at least record a hit, and he failed to meet those expectations.

    Grade: C-

C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals: A-

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    Stat Line: 1-for-1, single, run

    Salvador Perez had the honor of catching Mariano Rivera in his final All-Star Game, and he helped Mo win MVP honors.

    Perez was also successful at the plate, hitting the only pitch he saw all night for a single and coming home on Jason Kipnis' double in the eighth inning to extend the lead to 3-0.

    Grade: A-

1B Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers: A

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    Stat Line: 1-for-1, 3B

    Prince Fielder hit a triple?!

    Yep, that's right. The 5'11", 275-pound first baseman got on his horse and reached third base on a botched play in right field.

    Fielder has only hit 10 triples in 4,471 regular-season at-bats, but he hit one during his only at-bat on Tuesday.

    Grade: A

2B Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians: A

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    Stat Line: 1-for-1, RBI-double

    Jason Kipnis was clutch for the American League, hitting an RBI double in the eighth inning with two outs in his only at-bat of the game.

    Kipnis got the better of Craig Kimbrel, taking him deep to left to extend the lead even further.

    Grade: A

2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox: C-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, K

    Dustin Pedroia got into the All-Star Game a bit sooner than he expected, being an injury replacement for New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who needed to be taken out of the game after getting hit above the knee in the top of the first.

    Pedroia struggled when he did get into the game, failing to do anything productive in either at-bat.

    However, Pedroia filled in nicely in the field, and we have to give him credit for taking over for Cano.

    Grade: C-

SS Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers: B

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    Stat Line: 1-for-1, single

    Jhonny Peralta only had one at-bat for the AL, but he made the most of it, ripping a single in the top of the eighth inning.

    Peralta helped move Salvador Perez to second base with the single, but would be retired at second after Torii Hunter hit into a double play after Peralta's at-bat.

    However, Peralta still helped move Perez into scoring position, and he would come around to score on Kipnis' double.

    Grade: B

3B Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles: B-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, K

    Manny Machado may not have done much of anything with his bat, but he made the play of the game at third base.

    Machado robbed Paul Goldschmidt of a hit when he made this play.

    We all know Machado has a cannon of an arm, and he showed it off again on Tuesday.

    Grade: B-

OF Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers: B-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, BB

    Nelson Cruz didn't record a hit, but at least he got on base.

    In a game when runs were at a premium, Cruz drew a walk from Aroldis Chapman and was the only player to reach base against the flame-throwing reliever.

    Grade: B-

OF Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals: C-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, fly out

    Alex Gordon only had one at-bat for the American League, flying out to end the ninth.

    Gordon had his chance and didn't do anything with it, as Jason Grilli got him to fly out with a runner on third and two outs.

    Grade: C-

OF Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers: D-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, GIDP

    Torii Hunter was more of a motivator than a player during the All-Star Game.

    Hunter's only at-bat came as a pinch hitter for Mike Trout (one of the best players in the game), and he grounded into a double play.

    With two men on and no one out, Hunter almost blew a great scoring opportunity. However, Jason Kipnis hit a double to follow Hunter, so the AL still drove in a run.

    Grade: D-

DH Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays: D

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, GIDP

    Edwin Encarnacion had two at-bats as the AL's DH, grounding out both times.

    One of Encarnacion's groundouts came with Nelson Cruz on first base, and the NL was able to turn two.

    It wasn't exactly the day Encarnacion was hoping for.

    Grade: D

SP Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers: A

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 SO, 0 BB, 12 pitches

    Max Scherzer started the game for the AL, but only faced three batters before taking a seat.

    The MLB's leader in wins shut down Brandon Phillips, Carlos Beltran and Joey Votto, striking out Votto to end the inning.

    Scherzer was dealing and breezed through his inning in just 12 pitches.

    Grade: A

SP Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox: A+

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    Stat Line: W, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 SO, 0 BB, 24 pitches

    Chris Sale was one of the few lefties to pitch for the American League on Tuesday night, and he made opposing lefties look silly.

    Sale's unique (if not awkward) delivery is often enough to throw left-handed hitters off, and combining that with his nasty stuff is just unfair.

    Sale's funky delivery helped him pitch two perfect innings, and it helped him make elite hitters, like Carlos Gonzalez, look foolish at the dish.

    Grade: A+

SP Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: A-

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB, 13 pitches

    Felix Hernandez might have lost the AL's perfect game in the fourth inning, but he worked around what could have been trouble.

    After Carlos Beltran got a single off Felix Hernandez and Andrew McCutchen stole second, Hernandez shut down the NL to keep the shutout alive.

    All in all, not a bad night for King Felix, as he only needed 13 pitches to face four batters.

    Grade: A-

SP Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays: A

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB, 9 pitches

    Matt Moore threw a very quick inning for the AL, retiring all three batters he faced on just nine pitches.

    Moore earned has 13 wins this year for a reason, and he showed just how dominant he is on Tuesday night in the most efficient inning of the game.

    Grade: A

RP Grant Balfour, Oakland Athletics: A-

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 SO, 1 BB, 15 pitches

    By comparison to the rest of the AL pitchers, Grant Balfour had a bad night. That's still a good night.

    Balfour surrendered a four-pitch walk to Michael Cuddyer to start the sixth inning, but he easily shut down the rest of the NL once he settled in, needing just 11 more pitches to retire the next three batters.

    Just another day at the office for closer with 25 saves and a 1.63 ERA.

    Grade: A-

RP Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals: C-

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    Stat Line: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB, 6 pitches

    Greg Holland faced two batters, giving up a single and needed Manny Machado to bail him out for the only out he recorded.

    To his credit, Holland never missed the strike zone. However, he also got hit hard and was lucky not to be charged with a run.

    Grade: C-

RP Brett Cecil, Toronto Blue Jays: A

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    Stat Line: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 SO, 0 BB, 3 pitches

    Brett Cecil only came in for one batter, but he did his job.

    Cecil was brought in for the sole purpose of getting Domonic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies out, and he struck Brown out in three pitches.

    Mission accomplished.

    Grade: A

RP Steve Delabar, Toronto Blue Jays: A

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    Stat Line: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 SO, 0 BB, 5 pitches

    Steve Delabar was also a one-batter specialist for the AL, facing Buster Posey.

    Delabar was also able to strike his one opponent out, although he needed five pitches, as opposed to Cecil's three.

    Grade: A

RP Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees: A+++

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB, 16 pitches

    I'll admit that this grade is biased.

    The greatest closer in history came in for the AL to pitch their eighth inning, retiring all three batters he faced en route to yet another perfect inning.

    Mo was flawless, and he won MVP honors because of it.

    Grade: A+++

RP Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers: A-

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    Stat Line: SV, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 SO, 0 BB, 18 pitches

    Joe Nathan took the ball from Mariano Rivera and closed the game for the AL, striking out two batters and giving up a hit en route to the save.

    Nathan held the NL scoreless, as the AL went on to win the game, 3-0.

    Grade: A-

C Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals: C+

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, fly out, groundout

    Yadier Molina's NL-leading .341 batting average wasn't enough to record a base hit on Tuesday night, as he fell victim to the AL's superb pitching.

    In five innings of work, Molina caught a solid game, but was retired in each of his two at-bats.

    Grade: C+

1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds: D

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, K

    Joey Votto had a rough night.

    Not only did Votto go 0-for-2 and strike out in the game, but he also failed to impress in the field.

    Votto is a good defensive first baseman, but he made an awkward jump on a line drive over his head that he could have caught. The ball hit off the top of his glove and made its way into right field. If he had made the catch, Miguel Cabrera likely would not have scored the first run of the game.

    Grade: D

2B Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds: C+

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, fly out groundout

    Brandon Phillips led off for the NL, but he was not the offensive catalyst the team was hoping for.

    Phillips was retired in both at-bats with relative ease, just like pretty much every NL hitter was in this game, but at least he helped on a double play.

    Grade: C+

SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies: C+

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, K

    Troy Tulowitzki could be contending for the NL MVP award, but he sure didn't play like it.

    The All-Star Game was not kind to Tulo, who finished the game 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the third inning against Chris Sale.

    While he helped on a pair of double plays in the field, his bat was quiet.

    Grade: C+

3B David Wright, New York Mets: B

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    Stat Line: 1-for-3, single

    New York Mets hero David Wright didn't disappoint the hometown fans, singling on Tuesday night.

    While a 1-for-3 performance isn't much, considering that the NL only had three hits all game, I'd say Wright had a solid game.

    Grade: B

OF Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals: B

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    Stat Line: 1-for-2, single

    Carlos Beltran might not have produced any runs, but he broke up the AL's perfect-game bid.

    OK, so the AL didn't have a realistic shot at pitching a perfecto in the All-Star Game, but Max Scherzer and Chris Sale retired the first nine batters, and Beltran got the first hit of the game for the NL.

    Andrew McCutchen replaced Beltran as a pinch runner, but failed to score.

    Grade: B

OF Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies: D

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, K

    Carlos Gonzalez didn't help represent the Colorado Rockies any better than Troy Tulowitzki did.

    CarGo went 0-for-2 with an embarrassing strikeout against Chris Sale, during which he had two horrible swings that were both at least a foot away from the ball.

    Gonzalez struggled mightily, and he didn't help the NL at all in this game, only making one catch in left field as well.

    Grade: D

OF Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals: C

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, lineout, fly out

    One day after finishing one home run short of a potential Home Run Derby crown, Bryce Harper failed to impact the actual All-Star Game.

    With two outs in his two at-bats, Harper just couldn't figure out AL pitching, and he had a very quiet night.

    Grade: C

DH Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies: B-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, BB

    Michael Cuddyer was clearly the best of the three Colorado Rockies in this year's All-Star break.

    After making it to the second round of the Home Run Derby on Monday, Cuddyer came back and became just the second baserunner of the night for the NL as the team's designated hitter on Tuesday.

    It was a rough night for the NL's hitters, but Cuddyer did his best to change that.

    Grade: B-

C Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants: D

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, K

    Buster Posey only had one at-bat in the 2013 All-Star Game, being wrung up by Steve Delabar on five pitches.

    Posey's .325 batting average meant nothing, as Delabar got the better of him on Tuesday.

    Grade: D

1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks: A-

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    Stat Line: 1-for-2, 2B

    Paul Goldschmidt is having, by far, the best year of his career, and he ripped the only extra-base hit for the NL in the Midsummer Classic.

    Goldschmidt only saw three pitches in his two at-bats, but he launched one for a double.

    Grade: A-

DH Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals: D

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, line out

    Allen Craig was brought in to pinch hit for Michael Cuddyer, replacing him as the NL's DH.

    However, Craig's six-pitch at-bat ended with a soft line out to left field, and he failed to make any impact on the game.

    Grade: D

2B Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals: D+

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, K

    Matt Carpenter was elected to his first All-Star Game this season, but he failed to impress.

    Carpenter played the last four innings of the game, lining out once and striking out once. He had a few chances, but couldn't do anything with them.

    Grade: D+

SS Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers: C-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, groundout

    Like Carpenter, Jean Segura went to his first All-Star Game on Tuesday. And also like Carpenter, he disappointed in what will be the first of many Midsummer Classics.

    Segura's only at-bat ended with him grounding out to second base, adding to the NL's hitting woes.

    Grade: C-

3B Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates: C-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, fly out

    Pedro Alvarez followed up a poor Home Run Derby performance by ending the All-Star Game.

    In Alvarez's only at-bat, he popped out to second base, falling victim to Joe Nathan, and he was retired for the last run of the game.

    Grade: C-

OF Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies: D

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, K

    Domonic Brown had one of the most impressive stretches of games earlier this season, belting 10 home runs in 12 games. But you wouldn't know it from his performance on Tuesday night.

    Brown faced Brett Cecil in his only at-bat, striking out on three pitches. He was completely overpowered, as Cecil took him down quickly.

    Grade: D

OF Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers: C-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-1, groundout

    Carlos Gomez failed to make the most of his appearance in the All-Star Game, grounding out on six pitches.

    Gomez is having a terrific year, but he struggled mightily on the national stage.

    Grade: C-

OF Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates: C-

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    Stat Line: 0-for-2, 2 K, SB

    Andrew McCutchen was brought in as a pinch runner for Carlos Beltran after Beltran recorded the first hit for the NL.

    The National League desperately needed a run, and McCutchen did his part, stealing second before advancing to third on a groundout to second.

    He wouldn't score and would strike out twice before the game was over, but McCutchen's stolen base highlighted his night.

    Grade: C-

SP Matt Harvey, New York Mets: A-

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    Stat Line: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 SO, 0 BB, 32 pitches

    Matt Harvey made the start in his first All-Star Game, and he looked as dominant as ever after he settled in.

    While Harvey did give up a double on the first pitch of the game and then hit Robinson Cano in the knee, he then sat down six straight batters to pitch two strong innings.

    Harvey hit as high as 98 mph with his vicious fastball on Tuesday night, and New York Mets fans had to be a bit more taken with their pitching phenom after his performance against the AL's best.

    Grade: A-

SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: A-

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB, 14 pitches

    Clayton Kershaw's inning was nondescript, but at least he retired all three batters he faced.

    While Kershaw didn't show off the dominance that Harvey showed, but he was still very effective.

    Grade: A-

SP Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks: C-

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    Stat Line: L, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB, 15 pitches

    Patrick Corbin is 11-1 on the year with a 2.35 ERA, but the 23-year-old struggled in his first All-Star Game, giving up a double to Miguel Cabrera and a single to Chris Davis to start the fourth inning.

    Cabrera would eventually score on a sacrifice fly by Jose Bautista, charging Corbin with the first earned run of the game.

    While Corbin did get David Ortiz to ground into a double play to end the inning, he let up the first run of the game.

    Grade: C-

SP Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies: C+

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB, 19 pitches

    Cliff Lee didn't look too happy when he was introduced at the All-Star Game, and his performance likely didn't change his mood.

    Lee gave up a double to Adam Jones to start the inning, and that would lead to a rough inning. After Troy Tulowitzki couldn't come up with a ground ball on a tough play, the AL had runners on first and third and no outs.

    Lee would then induce two ground balls that both could have been double plays, and the second one was turned to end the inning.

    All in all, it wasn't Lee's best outing.

    Grade: C+

SP Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins: A+

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 SO, 0 BB, 13 pitches

    Jose Fernandez came into the game at a critical point. The AL had scored in each of the last two innings and was threatening to run away with the game, but he came in and shut them down.

    Fernandez was as dominant as any pitcher in this game, and he proved why he was the Miami Marlins' representative.

    Grade: A+

RP Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds: A-

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 SO, 1 BB, 14 pitches

    Aroldis Chapman did his part for the NL in the All-Star Game.

    Chapman threw one scoreless inning for the NL, although his strike-to-ball ratio of 6-to-8 wasn't what we're used to.

    Chapman didn't hit the zone all that much, but he didn't need to, keeping the AL in check.

    Grade: A-

RP Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves: C-

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 SO, 0 BB, 18 pitches

    Craig Kimbrel wasn't his usual self on Tuesday, having a rough night against the AL All-Stars.

    Kimbrel was in trouble after he gave up back-to-back singles to start the eighth inning, and even a double-play ball couldn't help him keep the AL in check.

    Jason Kipnis hit an RBI double to to extend the AL's lead to 3-0, which would be the final score.

    Grade: C-

RP Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates: B+

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    Stat Line: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB, 20 pitches

    Prince Fielder hit a triple to start the ninth inning against Jason Grilli, but the Pittsburgh Pirates closer worked around it.

    The triple wasn't entirely Grilli's fault, but, to his credit, he took it in stride, getting the next two batters to ground out and the following one to fly out to end the inning.

    Grilli got into a spot of trouble, but he also worked his way out of it.

    Grade: B+