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MLB All-Star Game 2012: NL Takes Early Lead Fueled By Melky Cabrera

San Francisco Giants center fielder Melky Cabrera is shining the brightest among the stars in Kansas City for the 2012 All-Star Game. Cabrera showed up National League wearing bright orange shoes which appear to be working.

Cabrera singled in the first and scored the first of five runs against Detroit Tigers' ace Justin Verlander. Then in the fourth inning, Cabrera took an offering from Texas Rangers' left-hander Matt Harrison and put it in the seats for a two-run homer, to give the National League an 8-0 lead through four and a half innings of play.

The NL scored their runs against Verlander and Harrison, belting eight hits to score their eight runs. Matt Cain, Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg to shut out the American League, allowing just two hits through four innings.

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer has yet to play for the American League.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.