MLB All-Star Game 2022: AL edges NL 3-2

MLB All-Star Game 2022: American League edges National League 3-2

The 92nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game took place Tuesday, and it was one for the books. 

In the first All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium since 1980, the National League was hoping to close the gap with the American League, which owned a 46-43-2 lead in the series entering the contest. 

All hopes were ultimately dashed when Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning to give the AL a 3-2 lead. That was enough to extend the junior circuit’s streak to nine wins, with the AL improving to 21-5-1 since 1994.

Stanton, who grew up in Los Angeles, was awarded the game’s MVP in front of 50 friends and family. It was his first All-Star Game appearance since 2017. He became the first Yankee to win the honor since Mariano Rivera in 2013 and first Yankees position player since Derek Jeter in 2000.

Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton wins MVP Award at MLB All-Star Game

Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton wins MVP Award at MLB All-Star Game

Giancarlo Stanton won the Ted Williams MVP Award at the MLB All-Star Game. Stanton reminisced about attending games at Dodger Stadium and what his family means to him.

The NL scored two runs in the first innings but couldn’t manufacture anything else the rest of the game. 

The Houston Astros’ Framber Valdez got the win, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin got the loss, something he has avoided thus far in the regular season. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Tampa Bay Rays’ Shane McClanahan were the starting pitchers.

American League All-Stars vs. National League All-Stars

Here are the top moments from the Midsummer Classic!

The streak continues

The American League held on for a 3-2 win and extended its winning streak to nine games.

Emmanuel Clase struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to slam the door on the NL.

The AL also came out on top in the infamous trash review.

Julio!

Liam Hendriks entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs. Travis d’Arnaud flied out to center fielder Julio Rodríguez, and Hendriks yelled out to him to not throw the ball into the bleachers.

Mic’d up: White Sox’s Liam Hendriks pleads for ball after flyout

Mic'd up: White Sox's Liam Hendriks pleads for ball after flyout

The Chicago White Sox’s Liam Hendriks begs Julio Rodríguez of the Seattle Mariners to give him the baseball after getting an out in the 2022 MLB All-Star Game. 

‘Wesley’

In 1978, budding star Lyman Wesley Bostock Jr. was murdered while playing for the California Angels. Tom Rinaldi explores his life and legacy in an eight-part podcast.

The first two episodes are out now.

Tom Rinaldi on ‘Wesley,’ his new investigative podcast

Tom Rinaldi on 'Wesley,' his new investigative podcast

In “Wesley,” Tom Rinaldi explores the many compelling aspects of former major-leaguer Lyman Bostock’s life and career through an eight-part podcast series.

Heads-up

When Ryan Helsley is throwing gas, any ball off the bat is coming at you hard. Just ask Jake Cronenworth, whose face narrowly missed meeting the ball.

Helsley held the AL scoreless, and the score remained 3-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth.

Waterworks

Hurry, grab a tissue before watching a young fan tell Kershaw about his late grandfather, who wanted to meet the Dodgers’ starter but never did.

What would you say?

If someone had told Jose Trevino at the beginning of the season that he would be an All-Star, he would’ve been almost speechless.

“Exactly,” he said sarcastically. “Right.”

He ripped a single to right but was left stranded in the top of the seventh.

Mini-jam

Nestor Cortes and Jose Trevino were mic’d up for the bottom of the sixth inning. Cortes got into some trouble walking Austin Riley and hitting Travis d’Arnaud with a pitch, but he worked out of it with a strikeout of Garrett Cooper.

Watch and listen as the Yankees battery talks through Riley’s at-bat.

Stand Up to cancer

Before Arizona’s Joe Mantiply retired the AL on nine pitches, Major League Baseball and the vocal ensemble of Los Angeles County High School of the Arts showed their support of everyone who has been touched by cancer.

Big Papi in the house

Is David Ortiz ready for a comeback? It sounded like AL manager Dusty Baker was saving the Hall of Famer for the ninth inning, but only if the AL needed help. After all, late-inning heroics are kind of his thing.

However, the AL hasn’t lost an ASG after scoring more than two runs since 1994, and that wasn’t about to change Tuesday.

High-fives for a legend

The NL was held scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, but Albert Pujols got some love from the dugout after flying out in his first at-bat.

Souvenir city

Giancarlo Stanton, who used to attend Dodgers games as a kid, joined Tom Verducci alongside Byron Buxton after launching missiles into the stands.

“Stanton kind of gave me a little boost right there,” Buxton said.

Giancarlo Stanton, Byron Buxton on deep All-Star Game homers

Giancarlo Stanton, Byron Buxton on deep All-Star Game homers

Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins and Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees break down their home runs to Tom Verducci in the fourth inning of the 2022 MLB All-Star game. 

Here comes the boom

Enter Tony Gonsolin to pitch the top of the fourth. 

Chaos ensued. Stanton tattooed a ball almost out of the park, and Buxton turned on another to give the AL a 3-2 lead following back-to-back homers. 

That’s not exactly the home-field advantage Gonsolin was hoping for in his first All-Star appearance. 

Giancarlo Stanton, Byron Buxton crush back-to-back homers off Tony Gonsolin

Giancarlo Stanton, Byron Buxton crush back-to-back homers off Tony Gonsolin

New York Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton and Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton each hit deep homers off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin in the fourth inning of the MLB All-Star Game.

Rock, paper, scissors

In the bottom of the third, Framber Valdez sent the National League down in order – on three ground balls – while two Yankees were on the mic.

Turns out, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge play games such as charades or rock, paper, scissors, or they just try to guess what the pitcher is throwing.

Mic’d Up: Yankees’ Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton talk their game-time mindset, uniqueness of the All-Star game and more

Mic'd Up: Yankees' Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton talk their game-time mindset, uniqueness of the All-Star game and more

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were mic’d up in the outfield at the All-Star Game to talk about their game-time mindset, All-Star Game memories and more.

Pitchers who rake

Gerrit Cole and Max Fried discussed why hitting a home run as a pitcher might be the greatest jog around the bases. Turns out, both are huge fans of the universal DH. The AL, meanwhile, was held hitless in the top half of the third.

Mic’d up: Max Fried and Gerrit Cole talk Shohei Ohtani, All-Star memories, and more

Mic'd up: Max Fried and Gerrit Cole talk Shohei Ohtani, All-Star memories, and more

Max Fried of the Atlanta Braves and Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees talk about the emotions of playing in the 2022 MLB All-Star game. Afterward, both Fried and Cole praise the abilities of Angels star Shohei Ohtani.

Stranger things have happened

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Manoah on the mic

Alek Manoah was mic’d up for the bottom of the second inning. It was colorful to say the least, especially since he struck out the side.

Mic’d Up: Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah strikes out the side in the second inning

Mic'd Up: Blue Jays' Alek Manoah strikes out the side in the second inning

Listen to Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah as he struck out the side in the second inning of the 2022 All-Star Game.

Gold standard

Paul Goldschmidt has been as good as any hitter in the NL in the first half. He showed it with a solo shot in the bottom of the first.

Paul Goldschmidt clobbered a first-inning home run to give the National League a 2-0 lead

Paul Goldschmidt clobbered a first-inning home run to give the National League a 2-0 lead

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt clobbered a first-inning home run off Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan to give the National League an early 2-0 lead.

Immediate action

Following a leadoff double from Ronald Acuna Jr., Mookie Betts gave the National League a 1-0 edge.

Sho-time’s up

Shohei Ohtani called his shot to lead off the game. First pitch, first swing, first hit … and then Kershaw picked him off.

Clayton Kershaw picks off Shohei Ohtani at first base

Clayton Kershaw picks off Shohei Ohtani at first base

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher CLayton Kershaw throws to first base and picks off Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani.

Here are some of the sights and sounds of the day heading into the All-Star Game:

Century strong

Tuesday marked the 100th birthday of Rachel Robinson, the widow of the late, great Jackie Robinson. Actor Denzel Washington was part of a special pregame celebration of the Robinson family.

Legendary start

Amazingly, this was the first All-Star Game start for Kershaw. The future Hall of Famer has certainly earned it.

All-Star, all the time

When it comes to the All-Star Game, Mookie Betts has been there, done that. This is his sixth in a row. Before the game, the Dodgers superstar credited his sustained success to one of his former Red Sox teammates.

Special appearance

Mike Trout is out tonight because of injury. But the Los Angeles Angels superstar said he made sure to attend the game anyway to support teammate Shohei Ohtani.

Pep talk from The Machine

Albert Pujols gave the National League clubhouse a pregame speech prior to lineup introductions.

Future Hall of Famers playing 

Did you know that on average 18 future Hall of Famers play in an All-Star Game?

MLB All-Star Game: There are on average 18 Hall of Famers per ASG

MLB All-Star Game: There are on average 18 Hall of Famers per ASG

Ben Verlander welcomes Jake Mintz to chat about the All-Star Game. Mintz took a deep dive into just how many Hall of Famers are typically in the All-Star Game and who the Hall of Famers might be for this year’s game.

Touring beautiful Dodger Stadium 

FOX Sports MLB Writer took fans on a behind-the scenes look at the newly revamped but still historic Dodger Stadium.

MLB All-Star Game: An exclusive tour of Dodger Stadium

MLB All-Star Game: An exclusive tour of Dodger Stadium

FOX Sports MLB Writer Rowan Kavner gives us an exclusive tour of historic Dodger Stadium ahead of the 2022 All-Star Game.

Catching up with Shane

AL starter McClanahan talked with Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman about pitching in his first All-Star Game and his journey through Major League Baseball.

Rays’ Shane McClanahan on pitching in All-Star Game

Rays' Shane McClanahan on pitching in All-Star Game

Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman interview Tampa Bay Rays starter Shane McClanahan before he takes the field as American League’s starting pitcher in the MLB All-Star Game.

Here comes the Judge?

Aaron Judge is arguably the AL’s MVP halfway through the season. Did you know he once spent a summer playing baseball in Alaska? 

Will Judge and the Yankees come to terms on an extension? The slugger discussed his future in an exclusive interview with FOX’s Tom Rinaldi.

Aaron Judge and Tom Rinaldi talk Yankees’ future, rise to stardom and motivation

Aaron Judge and Tom Rinaldi talk Yankees' future, rise to stardom and motivation

Aaron Judge sat down with Tom Rinaldi to talk about Judge’s rise as a player, all-time great Yankee status, the criticism he turned into motivation and his future as a Yankee.

It’s a photo shoot 

Freddie Freeman came dressed to impress, wearing a classic black suit and accompanied by his family ahead of the All-Star Game. The crowd chanted “Freddie.” 

Brotherly love

FOX MLB Analyst Ben Verlander tracked down a familiar face on the red carpet … Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander. 

Justin Verlander’s interview with his brother, Ben Verlander

Justin Verlander's interview with his brother, Ben Verlander

Ben Verlander interviews his brother, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, on the red carpet prior to the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.

Ben Verlander also caught up with New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, sporting a sharp, dark blue suit, to talk about Home Run Derbies of the past. 

Check out this custom suit worn by Tony Gonsolin! 

Framber Valdez came stylish with his family, dressed in a burgundy suit.

Meet the starters!

There’s a lot of firepower on both sides of the game, as usual. But which side has more? The AL has a huge advantage in homers (168-122) among its starting nine.


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