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MLB All-Star Game 2012: NL Shuts Out AL 8-0; Mauer Singles In Only At Bat

The National League wasted little time taking control of the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night, lighting up American League starter Justin Verlander for five runs in the first inning and going on to earn the win, 8-0. The W also secured home field advantage for the National League team in the World Series.

Verlander gave up a double and a bases-loaded triple in his first All-Star Game start and was tagged with the loss. San Francisco Giants center fielder Melky Cabrera had a big offensive night for the National League, scoring twice and breaking things open with a 2-run home run in the fourth inning which earned him the MVP award. Cabrera's Giants teammate Matt Cain earned the win after throwing two scoreless innings to start the game.

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was used sparingly off the bench, playing just the final two innings at first base. In his only at bat, Mauer led off the ninth inning with a sharp single up the middle but was put out at second on a fielder's choice.

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