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MLB All-Star Game Recap

On July 19th, the 92nd MLB All-Star Game was held at Dodger Stadium. After defeating the National League with a comeback 3-2 victory, the American League extended their winning streak to nine games. Now the American League leads the series with 47 victories to the National League with 43, and two games ending in a tie.

Before the game started Denzel Washington paid tribute to Jackie Robinson; he gave an on-field speech in tribute to Robinson, recognizing his impact on sports today.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw made his first career All-Star start and was the 13th pitcher in history to start the All-Star Game at his home park. Shohei Ohtani of the L.A. Angels hit a leadoff single against Kershaw who then came back striking out the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge. Although two runners reached base against Kershaw, he was able to pitch a scoreless first inning.

The National League started Shane McClanahan, pitcher of the Tampa Bay Rays. The National League took a 1-0 lead against Mcclanahan when Ronal Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves opened the inning with a double. Following that, Mookie Betts of the L.A. Dodgers hit an RBI single. Then, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmit came up to bat and hit a solo home run giving the National League a 2-0 lead.

Tony Gonsolin of the L.A. Dodgers made his first All-Star Game debut in the fourth inning, and it did not go as well as hoped for. José Ramírez of the Cleveland Guardians opened the inning with a single where Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees came up and hit a two-run homer and won the MVP award. Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton came up next, hitting a solo home run putting the American League up 3-2 with back-to-back homers.

The rest of the game remained scoreless. Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase earned the save with two strikeouts and a perfect inning. Framber Valdez of the Houston Astros was credited with the win while Tony Gonsolin took the loss.

This year's All-Star game was great to watch and see players from each team come together. With the All-Star game in the past, everyone looks forward to the rest of the season and playoffs. Even though the season is half way done, there is still a lot of baseball to be played and anything can happen.

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