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.