The American League took back the MLB throne on Tuesday night at the 2013 All-Star Game, disposing of the National League, 3-0.
The AL broke a three-year winning streak for the NL, as American League pitchers held the National League to just three hits. One of the AL pitchers, Mariano Rivera, made history yet again by becoming the first reliever ever to be named as the MVP of the showcase.
Here's a look at the biggest moments in the 2013 All-Star Game.
Mariano Rivera Named All-Star Game MVP
After working a 1-2-3 eighth inning on Tuesday night, the 43-year-old Rivera became the first reliever to win the All-Star Game MVP award.
Fittingly, it came in his 13th and final All-Star Game appearance.
Not only has Rivera set a plethora of MLB records throughout his career (including the most saves in both the regular season and postseason), he has always been a class act. He received a standing ovation when he came out of the bullpen—at Citi Field, no less—and then proceeded to shut down the NL side in the eighth.
Rivera is a player who will be remembered not only for his accomplishments on the field, but for his character and humble nature as well. There are certain players you can't help but admire, even if you are a rival fan.
Rivera has earned everything that has come to him on the baseball diamond. It's going to be a sad day when he finally hangs up his cleats...well, maybe not for major league hitters.
Robinson Cano lasted one pitch before getting beaned by a 96-mph heater from National League starter Matt Harvey in the first inning.
But he was everywhere on Tuesday night, in one form or another.
A fan in a Cano jersey ran out of the stands and onto the field during the game, only to eventually be tackled by security. Miguel Cabrera's bat slipped out of his hands in the fourth inning, soaring 10 to 15 rows back before barely missing a different fan, also in a Cano jersey.
Cano suffered a bruised quadriceps, but Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Cano is apparently fine
Harvey apologized for losing control of the pitch after Tuesday's game, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).
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