July 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; National League outfielder Melky Cabrera (53) of the San Francisco Giants hits a home run against the American League in the fourth inning of the 2012 All Star Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

2012 MLB All-Star Game: Giants Lead NL To Victory, Melky Cabrera Named MVP

Matt Cain pitched two scoreless innings, and both Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera drove in runs for the National League.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Melky Cabrera Receives Camaro For MVP Honors [VIDEO]

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, doesn't get much more American than that.

Which is why I am surprised that Major League Baseball did not have a fresh slice a la mode along with a Nathan's frank with all the fixings waiting for San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, when he took home MVP honors for Tuesday night's All-Star game. He had already gotten the baseball, but Bud Selig and a few of the suits over at Chevy gave the Melk Man a brand new Camero for his outstanding play at Kauffman Stadium.

Melky also got a glass or crystal bat (I can't really tell) and 'makeover' for a baseball field in his hometown care of Chevrolet as well.

You can check out the ceremony below. Cabrera's english isn't all that good, but he gives it his best effort as his family is there along side of him. You can tell that he is humbled by all of this, and couldn't have gone to a more deserving guy (just don't ask Braves fans about that).

More over, let's not forget in all of this just what Melky and the rest of the National League did. They ensured the Giants would have home field advantage in the World Series again this year, which may be worth more than any car of hot dog that money could buy.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Giants Lead National League To 8-0 Win

Many folks around baseball were surprised when so many San Francisco Giants were voted into the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, but they all ended up playing a huge role for the National League. The NL got out to an early 5-0 lead on Tuesday night and never looked back, cruising to an 8-0 victory in front of thousands in Kansas City.

Pablo Sandoval delivered the big blow of the first inning. The slugging third baseman came up with two outs and the bases loaded; Sandoval dug out a curveball from Justin Verlander and hit it down the right field line, clearing the bases to score three runs. It was 4-0 at that point, and a Dan Uggla single then drove home Sandoval to make it 5-0.

With the score 6-0 in the fourth, Melky Cabrera came up and belted a two-run homer off Matt Harrison to make the score 8-0. As for Buster Posey, he went 0-for-2 and drew a walk.

Matt Cain made the start for the National League and surrendered just one hit. Oakland Athletics closer Ryan Cook worked a perfect frame in the seventh inning, striking out two in the process.

It was a great night for baseball, and now the NL's representative at the 2012 World Series will have home field advantage. Will that team be the Giants? We're about 80 games from finding out.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game MVP: Melky Cabrera Takes Home Honors

Melky Cabrera is having a career year with the San Francisco Giants, and he came up huge for the National League on Tuesday night at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. Cabrera made the start in center field and went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored, including a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. For his efforts, he was named the MVP of the Mid-Summer Classic.

"To the fans of Kansas City and San Francisco, thank you," Cabrera said in his post-game interview with FOX.

In addition to a pretty awesome glass bat, Melky was also handed the keys to a brand new Chevy that looked pretty slick on the field. Not a bad night for a guy in danger of losing his job a couple of seasons ago with the Braves and Royals.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: NL Wins 8-0

The San Francisco Giants mashed their way to an 8-0 victory over the American League in the All-Star Game. The rest of the National League representatives also made a slight showing.

The Giants chased after Justin Verlander in the first inning, with Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey, and Pablo Sandoval all scoring runs - highlighted by Sandoval's bases loaded triple. Sandoval proved his worth in his immense weight after criticism came involving him starting over David Wright. Cabrera, not content with playing second fiddle, added an exclamation mark of his own in the fourth inning with a two run home run off of Matt Harrison to stretch the lead to 8-0. That score would stay for the rest of the game. Matt Cain pitched two strong innings to open the game for the National League and quell the New Yorkers clamoring for R.A. Dickey.

The Oakland Athletics Ryan Cook probably had the best pitching performance of anyone in the game, only needing 11 pitches to get through the inning. He struck out both Bryce Harper and David Wright.

This is the third straight All-Star Game victory for the National League.

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2012 All Star Game: Ryan Cook Obliterates Opposition; NL Still Leads 8-0

The Oakland Athletics have just a lone representative in Ryan Cook this year. But the A's hard throwing reliever had probably the best pitching performance of the evening so far. Cook only needed 11 pitches, eight for strikes, to get through the top of the seventh inning. Bryce Harper went down on swinging strikes and David Wright was caught looking as the reliever did as much as he could to give the AL a chance to win,

Unfortunately, the AL offense hasn't pulled much of their weight. After threatening with a bases loaded situation in the fifth inning, Ian Kinsler flew out to end the threat. The AL then had two on with one out in the sixth inning until Miguel Cabrera ground into a double play to end that threat.

Unless things change, it looks likely that the National League will have the home field advantage come the World Series.

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2012 All Star Game: Cain Does What Good Starting Pitchers Do; NL Leads 5-0

Matt Cain proved his starting pitching worth, pitching two strong innings giving up one hit and recording one strike-out. Cain was replaced by Gio Gonzalez in the top of the third inning.

The game quieted down a bit for three innings until Melky Cabrera ripped a two run home run off of Matt Harrison to increase the lead to 8-0 in the fourth inning, following a Matt Holliday RBI. The other Giants quieted off a bit though, with Buster Posey flying out to the catcher in the third inning and Pablo Sandoval flying out to center at the start of the fourth.

The Giants collectively after four innings: 3-6, four ones, one triple, one home run, five RBIs, and one walk.

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2012 All-Star Game: Members of Giants Do Early Damage; NL Leads 5-0

The San Francisco Giants have four starters on the NL team, and one of them was at a bit of a controversy in the baseball realm. A bit of ballot stuffing by the Bay Area faithful landed Pablo Sandoval in the All Star Game over David Wright, who by all baseball metrics is having a much better season.

Sandoval proved why he belongs in Kauffman Stadium, hitting a triple off the right field wall that nearly went over the fence, driving in three runs. It was the first triple for Kung Fu Panda in 2012 and went towards establishing home field advantage for the World Series. Sandoval would later score the final run of the inning off a Dan Uggla infield single.

Justin Verlander had a very un-Verlander like pitching experience as all three Giants got on base. Melky Cabrera hit a single to left center and was driven home by a Ryan Braun double, while Buster Posey walked on four straight balls.

Matt Cain entered his half of the inning already up 5-0, something that has probably never happened to him before. Cain, who somehow generated controversy as the starter despite his perfect game this year, gave up an infield single to Derek Jeter that glanced off of Sandoval's glove. He then retired Robinson Cano, Josh Hamilton, and Jose Bautista without too much trouble.

Meanwhile, both Sandoval and Cabrera were spotted from space wearing funky shoes.

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Cabrera's shoes:

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Buster Posey Comfortable Catching Matt Cain

Tony La Russa did the right thing for his young National League All-Star starting catcher Buster Posey, who says he's never caught a knuckleball, something he would've had to begin Tuesday's All-Star game doing if Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey had been named the starter.

Instead, Posey will be comfortable with teammate Matt Cain, who La Russa wanted to honor and said gives the NL the best chance from a competitive standpoint.

"We wanted to reward Matt Cain for a career of excellence. It's going to get better and better," La Russa said.

This is the first time in history the Giants have four starters in the All-Star game, with Cain, Posey, Pablo Sandoval and center fielder Melky Cabrera

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Lineup, TV Schedule, Streaming And More

The San Francisco Giants have plenty of representation at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. The Oakland Athletics? Not so much.

The Giants actually will have plenty of players in action, including four starters. Matt Cain starts the game for the National League after posting a 2.62 ERA and a 9-3 record at the Break, with one of those wins being a perfect game. Buster Posey starts at catcher (batting .289, slugging .458), Pablo Sandoval (batting .307, slugging .500) at third base, and Melky Cabrera (batting .353, slugging .519) goes into the outfield. Cabrera bats second, Posey sixth and Sandoval seventh.The Athletics have one representative in pitcher Ryan Cook, who makes his first All-Star game appearance. Cook has pitched 38 innings in relief, striking out 39 with a WHIP of 0.887.

The game will be telecast on FOX starting at 4:30 PM PT, 7:30 PM ET, and the first pitch should be doled out sometime in the half hour after the game starts. The game will also be televised on ESPN Radio.

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2012 Home Run Derby: Prince Fielder Wins Derby

After struggling a bit in the first round, Prince Fielder decided he hates drama and competition as he clubbed 12 home runs in the final round to surpass Jose Bautista in the Home Run Derby. Fielder hit a home run 476 feet long, the longest of the derby.

It was pretty much over for Bautista before it even started, as Fielder tied the record for the most home runs hit in the final round. For Bautista to advance, he had to hit 13 home runs. But after Fielder made a mockery of long distances, it was pretty apparent that it was an uphill climb for Bautista.

This is Fielder's second Home Run Derby title. He also won in 2009 as a Milwaukee Brewer.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Bautista Survives Dreaded Swingoff; Advances to Face Fielder

Carlos Beltran faltered a bit in the second round, only hitting five home runs to finish with a total of 12 before the final round. Unfortunately for him, that wasn't enough as Prince Fielder went completely jolly, ending with a combined total of 16 dingers.

Mark Trumbo did a fine job of clubbing balls, battling into a swing off with Jose Bautista who had a poor second round showing to both finish with a combined 13 home runs. But Bautista once again showed why he is one of the premier sluggers in the MLB, hitting his first two pitches for home runs to advance to face Prince Fielder, who continued his one man assault on the waterfalls of Kauffman Stadium.

And Brandon McCarthy proved why he is always worth following on Twitter.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Kemp Falls Flat On Face; Beltran Advances

The first round of the home run derby took quite some time to pass, well over one hour and a half, with media criticism coming from an over analyzing off what is essentially a glorified tee-ball practice.

Matt Kemp did what all Giants fans wish upon Dodgers fans - absolutely nothing, and became the first participant since Brandon Inge in 2009 to fail to hit a single home run in the first round. The Home Run Derby was Kemp's first official MLB event since injuring his hamstring in late May.

Mark Trumbo hit some of the most entertaining shots, Prince Fielder launched a couple into the fountains, and Carlos Beltran hit seven pretty uneventful home runs to all advance with Jose Bautista. Bautista went absolutely ballistic and led all hitters with 11 home runs.

And then there was Jose Canseco.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: NL Lineup Announced, Matt Cain Officially Named Starter

As previously reported, the San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain will be the National League starter in the MLB All-Star Game, opposite the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander, according to various reports.

Cain has a 9-3 record with a 2.62 ERA and pitched a perfect game against the Houston Astros on June 13. Fellow San Francisco Giants - third baseman Pablo Sandoval, catcher Buster Posey and outfielder Melky Cabrera - are also starters for the NL. This is both Posey and Cabrera's first All-Star game and the third for Cain and Sandoval.

The National League batting order will be as follows:

1. Colorado Rockies DH Carlos Gonzalez

2. Giants CF Melky Cabrera

3. Milwaukee Brewers LF Ryan Braun

4. Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto

5. St. Louis Cardinals RF Carlos Beltran

6. Giants C Buster Posey

7. Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval

8. Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla

9. Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Giants' Matt Cain Selected As NL Starter, According To Report

Perfection has its perks.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain beat out New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey as the starter for the National League All-Star team. The New York Daily News was first to report the selection, citing an unnamed source.

Even though Dickey has the better record and ERA, throwing to Giants catcher Buster Posey - who has never seen his knuckleball - could have played a role in Cain's selection over Dickey.

At least, that's what Dickey thinks.

"If I'm brought into the game - because you only have two catchers now, and Buster Posey hasn't seen me at all - and all of a sudden here he is with seven warm-up pitches, that's a whole different animal," Dickey said Sunday of the Giants' All-Star catcher.

Nevertheless, Cain will be the starter and he is very much deserving as he sports a 9-3 record with a 2.62 ERA and his perfect game against Houston on June 13.

According to FoxSports.com, Cain will face the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander.

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Home Run Derby 2012: Contenstants, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The Home Run Derby is the second-most well known component of the annual All-Star break and as always, takes place on the Monday before the Midsummer Classic. This year's Home Run Derby will feature the now-standard format of four-man teams from the American League and National League slugging it out until one winner emerges. The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics representatives will be on-hand taking in the festivities.

The National League team will consist entirely of outfielders and will be captained by Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp, who is out of the All-Star Game proper as he still nurses a hamstring injury. He will be joined by Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies, old familiar face Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals and new familiar face Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who is replacing Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

On the American League side, defending New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano will be joined by 2009 Derby winner Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers, Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 2012 Home Run Derby begins at 5 p.m. PT on Monday night. It will be televised on ESPN.

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MLB All-Star Futures Game: Tommy Joseph Helps U.S. Futures Pick Up 17-5 Win

On Sunday, the 2012 MLB Futures Game took place in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium, unofficially kicking off the All-Star break. Minor leaguers from all over the country tussled on a national stage as U.S.-born prospects took on foreign-born prospects. In the end, the U.S. Futures team was able to slug their way to an easy 17-5 victory.

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics each fielded a starter for the U.S. Futures team. Giants catcher Tommy Joseph went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored, while A's left fielder Michael Choice was 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Nick Castellanos of the Detroit Tigers organization took home the MVP award by going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer.

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MLB Futures Game 2012: Rosters, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The All-Star break will get started a little early this year, as the 2012 MLB Futures Game will be held on Sunday afternoon. This game is a showcase for the best minor-league baseball players to strut their stuff. Once again, this year's game will feature U.S.-born players taking on foreign-born players for bragging rights.

Both the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics will have players in the starting lineup for the U.S. team. Giants catcher Tommy Joseph will bat eighth, while A's left fielder Michael Choice will bat sixth. Infielder Chih-Fang Pan will also represent Oakland on the World roster.

The game will begin at 2 p.m. PT and will be televised nationally on ESPN 2, or you can catch the game online at MLB.tv.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Matt Cain or R.A. Dickey As NL Starter?

It's been quite the first half of the season for both the San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain as well as the New York Mets' R.A. Dickey. Both have had tons of success in their own way on the mound so far this year, but now the question persists. Just which one do you have start the All-Star game?

So far Cain is 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 118 strikeouts, an eight game winnings streak, and oh yeah, a perfect game. His last outing wasn't too much to brag about after giving up the Giants momentum with a pair of solo homers to get the Nats back in the game, and evenutally come back and win.

As for Dickey, he is 12-1 with a 2.40 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 123 strikeouts, back-to-back complete game one-hitters and about the nastiest knuckleball known to mankind. He gave up five runs on 11 hits in seven innings of work his last time out against the Phillies, taking a no decision.

If it wasn't for the perfecto, which just so happened to be one of the best pitched games in the history of the sport, Cain would easily be second fiddle to Dickey as the starter. But that one little variation will give NL manager Tony La Russa a lot to think about.

Either way, Cain or Dickey will be throwing to Buster Posey, which will certainly but a simple on Giants fans faces. Posey's lack of experience with a knuckleballer might also tip the scale a bit in Cain's favor as well, but you just never know.

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2012 MLB All-Star Voting: A Thank You To San Francisco Giants Fans

San Francisco Giants fans showed their true nature on the 2012 MLB All-Star ballot- it's nothing but love and a lot of it.

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2012 MLB All-Star Voting: Ryan Cook Named Lone Oakland Athletic On AL Squad

The Oakland Athletics will not be brimming with All-Stars this season unfortunately as pitcher Ryan Cook has been named the lone member of the A's to make the 2012 MLB All-Star squad for the American League.

The Oakland rookie will be making his first All-Star appearance (obviously), bringing an outstanding resume along with him to the party. In 34 appearances this season (34 innings pitched), he's given up just 12 hits along with just six runs as well. He currently is sporting a 37/21 K/BB ratio this season, as well as a 1.59 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and six saves in nine attempts, though 2 of those blown saves have come in his last four starts.

The All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 10 from Kaufmann Stadium in Kasas City, MO.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Named As NL Starters, Matt Cain Lone Pitcher

Four San Francisco Giants made the grade for the 2012 MLB All-Star squad.

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