2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
2005 MLB All-Star.svg
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 5 11 0
American League 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 x 7 11 1
Date July 12, 2005
Venue Comerica Park
City Detroit, Michigan
Managers National League - Tony La Russa (STL)
American League - Terry Francona (BOS)
MVP Miguel Tejada (BAL)
Attendance 41,617
First pitch Al Kaline and Willie Horton
Television Fox
TV announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell
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The 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 76th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 12, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, the home of the Detroit Tigers of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7-5, thus awarding an AL team (which eventually came to be the Chicago White Sox) home-field advantage in the 2005 World Series.

Rosters[edit]

Game[edit]

Renaissance Center with giant decal for the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Umpires[edit]

Home Plate Joe West
First Base Tim Welke
Second Base Eric Cooper
Third Base Mike DiMuro
Left Field C. B. Bucknor
Right Field Andy Fletcher

Starting lineups[edit]

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Bobby Abreu Phillies RF 1 Johnny Damon Red Sox CF
2 Carlos Beltrán Mets LF 2 Alex Rodriguez Yankees 3B
3 Albert Pujols Cardinals DH 3 David Ortiz Red Sox DH
4 Derrek Lee Cubs 1B 4 Manny Ramírez Red Sox LF
5 Jim Edmonds Cardinals CF 5 Miguel Tejada Orioles SS
6 Aramis Ramírez Cubs 3B 6 Vladimir Guerrero Angels RF
7 Mike Piazza Mets C 7 Mark Teixeira Rangers 1B
8 Jeff Kent Dodgers 2B 8 Jason Varitek Red Sox C
9 David Eckstein Cardinals SS 9 Brian Roberts Orioles 2B
Chris Carpenter Cardinals P Mark Buehrle White Sox P

Game summary[edit]

Before the game, a superchoir consisting of three choirs from Windsor, Ontario, sang "O Canada", the Canadian National Anthem. Then, a moment of silence for the victims of the 7 July London bombings, which took place a few days before the game, followed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Brass Players' performance of "God Save the Queen", the national anthem of the United Kingdom. Brian McKnight sang The Star-Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem. The colors presentation was by the Camp Grayling color guard, accompanied by University of Toledo ROTC officers who presented the flags in the outfield.

In the first inning, starters Mark Buehrle and Chris Carpenter each induced a double play, from Carlos Beltran and Manny Ramírez respectively, to end early threats. The American League would score in the bottom of the second, when the game's MVP, Miguel Tejada, crushed a solo shot off John Smoltz to give the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL would score two more in the third, on the strength of a David Ortiz RBI single, and an RBI groundout by Tejada, his second RBI in as many innings.

The NL wasted a scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth, when with two runners on, Aramis Ramirez grounded into a double play to end that threat. In the bottom of that inning, Ichiro Suzuki hit a broken-bat, bloop single to score two, but was then picked off first base by Liván Hernández. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Mark Teixeira, a switch-hitter, hit an opposite field, two-run homer off Dontrelle Willis, his first home run off a left-hander that season, opening the AL's lead to 7-0.

During the seventh-inning stretch, Brian McKnight sang God Bless America.

The NL finally got on the board in the next inning, when Andruw Jones launched a two-run shot just inside the foul pole off Kenny Rogers to close the NL to within five. They scored another run in the eighth, when Moisés Alou scored on an RBI forceout by Miguel Cabrera.

In the top of the ninth, Luis Gonzalez scored Andruw Jones with a double off of Baltimore closer B.J. Ryan, and then scored himself on an RBI groundout by Carlos Lee. Mariano Rivera then came on to stop the NL's potential rally. Rivera struck out Morgan Ensberg to end the threat, and the game, securing a 7-5 win for the AL.

Hall-of-Fame Al Kaline joined the ceremonial first pitch ceremonies.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 5 11 0
American League 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 - 7 11 1
WP: Mark Buehrle (1-0)   LP: John Smoltz (0-1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NL: Andruw Jones (1)
AL: Miguel Tejada (1), Mark Teixeira (1)

Home Run Derby[edit]

In this event, the eight competitors each came from a different nation. This format dovetailed with the announcement of the launch of the World Baseball Classic the week before, as of the following year.

Comerica Park, Detroit—N.L. 66, A.L. 42
Player Team Round 1 Semis Finals Totals
Bobby Abreu Philadelphia 24 6 11 41
Iván Rodríguez Detroit 7 8 5 20
Carlos Lee Milwaukee 11 4 15
David Ortiz Boston 17 3 20
Hee-Seop Choi Los Angeles 5 5
Andruw Jones Atlanta 5 5
Mark Teixeira Texas 2 2
Jason Bay Pittsburgh 0 0

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Player declined or was unable to play.
  2. ^ a b Player was voted onto roster via the All-Star Final Vote.
  3. ^ a b c d Player replaced vacant spot on roster.

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