There will be no Home Run Derby crown for Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, but Cabrera will get the start tonight at first base for the American League in the All-Star game at Anaheim. Cabrera was the distance king last night, but he didn’t have the numbers to advance past the second round. His 12 blasts averaged 450-feet with a long shot of 476 feet. The winner last night turned out to be “Big Papi”.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz beat Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, 11-5, in the final round at Angel Stadium. It’s quite a turn around for Ortiz, who was struggling so badly back in May there was speculation he might be released by Boston. But at the break, he has 18 homers and 57 rbi’s.
Cabrera, who is replacing the injured Justin Morneau of Minnesota, will bat third tonight in the American League lineup. If the trend continues as in recent years, the American League again will gain home field advantage for the World Series. The A-L has not lost to the National League since 1996, when the contest was held in Philadelphia.
It’s been tough-sledding for the Senior Circuit, which has come up short by one run each of the last four All-Star Games. Colorado Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price have been selected as the starting pitchers. Detroit’s Justin Verlander, picked as a replacement player for the American League on Sunday, hopes to see some action tonight as does Tiger closer Jose Valverde.
A-L manager Joe Giradi said Monday that if it comes down to a save situation in the ninth inning, Valverde will get the call. Giradi’s choice of Valverde comes in the absence of Yankee’s reliever Mariano Rivera, who decided to skip the contest because of some nagging injuries. Valverde is 19-for-20 in save situations this season with a .092 ERA.