July 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; National League pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the American League in the fifth inning of the 2012 All Star Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

Slow Ride: Kershaw Escapes Trouble as NL Coasts in All-Star Game


Should the Dodgers reach the World Series this year, take comfort in knowing that they would host games 1, 2, 6 and 7.

The National League handily defeated the American League 8-0 in Kansas City, securing home field advantage for the Senior Circuit’s representative come October.

With Matt Kemp abstaining from any legitimate action, the Dodgers’ lone ASG representative was Clayton Kershaw, who entered the game in the fifth inning as the NL led by eight runs. Kershaw had some trouble; he gave up a single to Boston’s David Ortiz with one out. Next, Mike Napoli hit a soft fly-ball, but left-fielder Bryce Harper of Washington lost it in the sky and stood helplessly as it dropped behind him for a base hit. Kershaw coaxed a grounder from the Yankees’ Curtis Granderson for the second out, allowing both runners advanced 90 feet. The next batter, Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera, drew a walk to load the bases, but Texas’s Ian Kinsler flew out harmlessly to end the inning, preserving the shutout.

Other players from a little ways south saw some action as well. In the top of the sixth, the Angels’ Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout both entered the game as defensive replacements. Trumbo finished with two strikeouts in two at-bats, while Trout had a single and a walk. Jered Weaver pitched the fifth inning, throwing 15 pitches and allowing only one walk.

San Francisco’ Matt Cain got the win, while Detroit’s Justin Verlander suffered the loss. Melky Cabrera, also of Frisco, won the All-Star Game MVP Awared, as he hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to clinch the NL’s victory.

All MLB teams return to action Friday, and the Dodgers will take on the San Diego Padres. The Friars will send Clayton Richard, while LA’s starter has yet to be determined.

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