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2012 MLB All-Star Game: The National League Had It All The Way

The National League dominated the 2012 All-Star Game, winning 8-0 to ensure it's largest margin of victory in the history of the Midsummer Classic.

The senior circuit was able to score five times in the first inning off of reigning American League Cy Young and MVP Justin Verlander, who looked less than average on Tuesday night.

In that first frame, Pablo Sandoval cleared the bases with a three-run triple. Incredibly, that's the first time in All-Star game history that someone has hit a triple with the bases loaded.

Much was made of Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants getting the start over New York Mets star R.A. Dickey, but it proved to be a non-factor in the game. Both pitched splendidly for manager Tony La Russa, who goes out a winner once again.

Melky Cabrera was able to take home the hardware as the MVP, and it was well deserved. Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in the win.

On the local side of things, Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 1-for-2 with a single.

However, for the third year in a row it's the National League that will have home-field advantage in the World Series this October.

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