ALL-STAR GAME American League 5, National League 3

Never sweeter for Jeter

Yankees shortstop has two hits –and just as many standing ovations

The Associated PressJuly 15, 2014 

APTOPIX All Star Game Baseball

American League shortstop Derek Jeter watches his single in the third inning. He led off the game with a double, and later left the game to his second standing ovation.

JEFF ROBERSON — The Associated Press

— Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star Game hits.

“Just said a couple things,” Jeter said.

Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned him MVP honors.

On a summer evening filled with reminders of generational change, the A.L. kept up nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 on Tuesday for its 13th win in 17 years.

Miguel Cabrera homered to help give the A.L. champion home-field advantage for the World Series.

No matter what else happened, it seemed destined to be another special event for Jeter.

He received a 63-second standing ovation when he walked to the plate leading off the bottom of the first, another rousing cheer when he led off the third and 21/2 minutes of applause after A.L. manager John Farrell sent Alexei Ramirez to shortstop to replace him at the start of the fourth.

As Frank Sinatra’s recording of “New York, New York” boomed over the Target Field speakers and his parents watched from the stands, Jeter repeatedly waved to the crowd, exchanged handshakes and hugs with just about every person in the AL dugout and then came back onto the field for a curtain call.

While not as flashy as Mariano Rivera’s All-Star farewell at Citi Field last year, when all the other players left the great reliever alone on the field for an eighth-inning solo bow, Jeter also tried not to make a fuss.

A 14-time All-Star who was MVP of the 2000 game in Atlanta, he announced in February this will be his final season. His hits left him with a .481 All-Star average (13 for 27), just behind Charlie Gehringer’s .500 record (10 for 20) for players with 20 or more at-bats.

“I’ll miss all of it,” Jeter said. “I’m pretty sure I will. I’ve been doing this since I’ve been, what, 5 years old and playing baseball. And when I finish I won’t be doing it, so I’m sure I’ll miss the competition … . This is the end of the road for me.”

Max Scherzer pitched a scoreless fifth for the win, and Glen Perkins got the save in his home ballpark as the A.L. earned home-field advantage for the World Series.

With the late sunset, there was bright sunshine when Jeter was cheered before his first at-bat. He was introduced by a recording of late Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard.

St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright left his glove on the mound and backed toward second, clapping with the crowd of 41,048.

Jeter appreciated the move, saying “for him to do that meant a lot to me.”

When Jeter finally stepped into the batter’s box, he took a ball and lined a 90 mph cutter to right for a double.

“I was going to give him a couple pipe shots just to – he deserved it,” Wainwright said. “I thought he was going to hit something hard to the right side for a single or an out. I probably should have pitched him a little bit better.”

After those in-game remarks created an Internet stir, Wainwright amended his remarks: “It was mis-said. I hope people realize I’m not intentionally giving up hits out there.”

Trout followed Jeter in the first by tripling off the wall in right. Raised in New Jersey, the 22-year-old Trout saw a lot of Jeter.

“Him being my role model, it’s pretty special,” Trout said.

After Robinson Cano struck out, Cabrera homered to left for a 3-0 lead.

Jeter then hit a soft single into right off Alfredo Simon leading off the third but was stranded.

The N.L. came back on consecutive RBI doubles by Chase Utley and Jonathan Lucroy off Jon Lester that made it 3-2. Lucroy’s run-scoring double against Chris Sale tied the score in the fourth.

The A.L. went ahead for good in the fifth against Pat Neshek, the St. Louis reliever who grew up in the Minneapolis suburbs and started his career with the Twins.

Derek Norris of the A’s and Alexei Ramirez hit one-out singles. Trout scored them with a double down the third-base line ruled fair by umpire Scott Barry. Because the ball landed in front of the umpire it was not reviewable under the replay rules.

Jose Altuve’s sacrifice fly off Tyler Clippard made it 5-3.

The Chicago Tribune and Dave Campbell of The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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