The 2014 MLB All-Star Game may have been the Derek Jeter Show at times Tuesday, but a pair of Tigers had a big say in the outcome. The American League won its second consecutive All-Star Game, and its ninth in the last 12 seasons, beating the National League 5–3. Max Scherzer got the win for the American League after tossing a scoreless fifth inning. Pat Neshek of the St. Louis Cardinals took the loss when he allowed a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins got the save with a 1–2–3 ninth inning.
Batting fourth for the AL, Miguel Cabrera hit a two run home run off Cardinals ace and NL starter Adam Wainwright in the bottom of the first inning. Cabrera's home run, an absolute missile to left field, came on an 0-1 fastball that was a good two to three inches off the plate inside.
Wainwright on Cabrera: "He’s a Nintendo-type player. ... The ball is on the white chalk line off the plate. Nobody keeps that ball fair."
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The homer gave the American League a 3–0 lead, but a trio of runs from the NL tied the score before Scherzer took the mound in the fifth inning. Scherzer didn't hold back during the inning, reaching as high as 97 miles per hour on the radar gun while facing the top four batters in the NL lineup. He sandwiched a pair of strikeouts around an opposite-field double from Troy Tulowitzki, but escaped the inning unscathed when he set down Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt on three pitches.
Ian Kinsler made a brief appearance in the game, pinch hitting for Jose Altuve in the bottom of the seventh inning. Facing Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel, Kinsler struck out on six pitches. Kinsler was also involved in the final out of the game, a routine groundout to second from Colorado's Charlie Blackmon. Kinsler was named to the All-Star team in place of Victor Martinez, who has not played since July 4 due to injury.
Neshek and Wainwright combined to allow all five AL runs.