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Mariano Rivera owns the stage while David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia go hitless in American League All-Star victory

07.16.13 at 11:25 pm ET
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NEW YORK — Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 0-for-2 and Red Sox teammate Dustin Pedroia likewise was retired in both of his trips to the plate, but the American League cobbled together a 3-0 victory, snapping a three-game National League winning streak. As a result of the All-Star win, the American League will enjoy home field advantage in the World Series this year.

The opportunistic AL broke through a scoreless tie in the fourth, with Miguel Cabrera‘s leadoff double preceding a single from Orioles masher Chris Davis that put runners on the corners. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista followed with a sac fly to center against Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin to give the AL the 1-0 advantage. The team then stretched that advantage in the following inning, when Adam Jones doubled against Cliff Lee, advanced to third on a Joe Mauer single to left and then scored on a J.J. Hardy groundout. Pedroia’s replacement, Jason Kipnis, delivered an RBI double in the eighth to give the AL its final margin of victory.

Yet the signature moment of the game unquestionably came after the top of the eighth, when — following Neil Diamond’s rendition of “Sweet Caroline” — Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who has announced that he will retire this season, jogged to the mound from the bullpen to his signature song, “Enter Sandman.” As he processed to the mound, no one else took the field, leaving Rivera alone in the middle of the field, where he was the recipient of a thunderous ovation both from the crowd at CitiField and from both dugouts, where all of the All-Star squads stood on the top step to afford the pitching giant a standing ovation. Rivera — in the contest prior to the ninth to ensure that he would be able to participate — recorded a 1-2-3 eighth.

Ortiz, who started and was sixth in the lineup, flew to center against NL starter Matt Harvey of the Mets in the second inning and then grounded into an inning-ending double play in the fourth against Diamondbacks lefty Corbin. Pedroia, pressed into action as a pinch-runner in the first inning when AL starting second baseman Robinson Cano was drummed on the quad (just above the knee) by a pitch from Harvey, lined out to right in the third inning against Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and was called out on strikes against Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez while leading off the sixth, is now 0-for-3 with a walk in two All-Star Games (though on two other All-Star teams, he missed the 2009 game for the birth of his son and could not play in 2010 while recovering from a broken foot). Ortiz is 5-for-16 with a homer and two walks in eight All-Star games (he could not play in the 2008 contest due to a torn tendon sheath in his wrist).

Ortiz and Pedroia (along with teammate Clay Buchholz, who also represented the Red Sox but could not participate while recovering from inflammation in the bursa sac of his right shoulder) will open the second half of the season on Friday at Fenway Park against the Yankees.

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