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American League 5, National League 2
WNBA All-Star Game (6 pm, ESPN)
Good morning, frents!
The American League won its eighth straight All-Star Game on Tuesday night, which means the World Series opener would be headed for Sox Park if Bud Selig's old homefield advantage perk were still in play.
Alas, that rule is as dead as the tradition of everyone wearing their own team's jersey in the Midsummer Classic.
So the lasting prize of this game will have to be the f-bombs that Liam Hendriks dropped along the way.
Here's a look at how all six of Chicago's All-Stars fared at Coors Field:
Lynn's reward for not thinking Shohei Ohtani should be starting the game? Relieving Ohtani in the bottom of the second. The Sox righty issued one walk but recorded a scoreless frame. It was his first "real" All-Star action after making the 2012 NL team but not appearing in the game.
“When you make an All-Star team and don’t pitch, you almost feel like you didn’t make it,” Lynn told reporters. “Now I can officially say I made it.”
Hopefully Carlos Rodon doesn't read that quote. (Spoiler alert.)
The Cubs utility man was the second Chicago ballplayer out on the field and he had an eventful final All-Star Game while wearing a Cubs uniform.*
- He replaced starter Jesse Winker in left to start the sixth inning, which is a sentence that wouldn't have made sense to me at the start of the season and still doesn't, if we're being honest.
- He came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the inning, watched as Manny Machado scored on a passed ball and then struck out to end the threat.
- Joe Buck asked him about possibly being traded while he was trying to play the outfield the next inning.
- He came up with the bases loaded and two outs again in the eighth but was robbed by a dude who'd never played left field before.
TA7 was the third AL shortstop to get into the game behind Xander Bogaerts and Bo Bichette, whose dad used to play in Colorado. He didn't get into the game until the eighth and was left on the on-deck circle to end the ninth. AL manager Kevin Cash said he was "sick" over Anderson being the only player to get into the game and not get an at-bat. He'll be sick when Anderson remembers that mistake come playoff time.
Kimbrel got the first two outs of the ninth inning and did a quick Blues Brothers homage with Bryant in the All-Star intro video. Most importantly, both his right arm and trade value remained intact.
The breakout star of the game, Hendriks was miked up for the bottom of the ninth and supposed to chat with Joe Buck as he faced National League batters. But he didn't think his mike was working, which led to him unleashing a wave of profanity during the inning. And while you would think Fox would have a safeguard against such things, the guy working the mute button must have been off getting his Rocky Mountain High.
Hendriks' entertainment didn't end there: He also threw an 83 MPH knuckleball to become the first Sox pitcher to get a save in the All-Star Game since saves became an official stat.
Rodon didn't get into the game, but he is in line to start this weekend's big series against Houston and he got to meet Peyton Manning and David Ortiz while miked up before the game.
So what if he saw less screen time than this guy?
Name the only Cubs pitcher to ever start the All-Star Game.
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Correction: Apologies for biffing yesterday's link to Bleacher Nation's review of the Cubs' second-day draft picks. Here it is again.
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Trivia answer: Claude Passeau in 1946. (Yes, I may have ruined this on Twitter last night.)