2014 MLB All-Star Game: Biggest Takeaways from the Midsummer Classic

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2014 MLB All-Star Game: Biggest Takeaways from the Midsummer Classic
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The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game lived up to the billing on Tuesday night. Thanks to a combination of dominant pitching, superb hitting, excellence defense, thoughtful baserunning and a tribute for the ages, the sport did a great job showcasing the best it has to offer.

In the midst of a 5-3 win by the American League, Derek Jeter stole the show, Mike Trout was the best player on the field and the National League's decision to start Adam Wainwright over Clayton Kershaw will be a narrative that has legs through the end of October, especially if the AL captures a World Series-deciding game at home.

After watching the festivities at Target Field, here are the biggest takeaways from the annual Midsummer Classic.

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