Ohtani Gets Win, Guerrero Becomes Youngest MVP as AL Takes 8th Straight All-Star Game

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A Sho-case for Shohei Ohtani became a expansive signifier for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., too.

Ohtani unleashed his 100 mph heat portion pitching a cleanable inning for the triumph successful becoming baseball’s archetypal two-way All-Star, Guerrero rocked Coors Field with a 468-foot location run and the American League breezed 5-2 Tuesday nighttime for its eighth consecutive victory.

Near and far, the sport’s full absorption was connected Ohtani from the precise start.


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Players connected some sides climbed to the dugout rails to ticker him, and the Japanese sensation went 0 for 2, grounding retired doubly arsenic the AL’s leadoff antheral and designated hitter.

Jared Walsh, Ohtani’s teammate connected the Los Angeles Angels, got a prevention — with his glove. He made a sliding drawback successful near tract connected Kris Bryant’s tricky liner with the bases loaded to extremity the eighth inning.

So adjacent with the teams decked retired successful caller uniforms that societal media deemed a strikeout alternatively of a location run, it was a acquainted result. Mike Zunino besides connected for the AL arsenic it improved to 46-43-2 wide successful the series.

J.T. Realmuto homered for the National League connected a mile-high nighttime astatine Coors, baseball's eventual launching pad.

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A item changeable of the scoreboard during the 91st MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard astatine Coors Field connected Tuesday, July 13, 2021, successful Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

A 27-year-old right-hander successful his 4th large league season, Ohtani has dazzled. He leads the large leagues with 33 homers and is 4-1 successful 13 starts arsenic a pitcher, a two-way show not seen since Babe Ruth successful 1919 and ’20, earlier the Bambino mostly gave up the mound for slugging.

“This has been the champion experience, astir memorable,” helium said done translator Ippei Mizuhara. “Obviously, I’ve ne'er played successful the playoffs oregon World Series, truthful erstwhile I bash that, that’s astir apt going to surpass it. But this has been the astir memorable.”

Ohtani was a treble triple-digit menace successful Denver, hitting a 513-foot thrust during Monday night’s Home Run Derby and throwing a 100.2 mph transportation to Nolan Arenado.

“He was arsenic bully arsenic advertised,” Arenado said.

Following a afloat day, Ohtani slept until 10:30 a.m.

“It was a batch much tiring compared to the regular season, but if everyone had amusive I’m bully with it,” helium said.


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Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels works against the National League during the archetypal inning of the MLB All-Star Game astatine Coors Field connected Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (Photo by Aaron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Major League Baseball adjacent made a peculiar rules tweak for Ohtani, allowing him to beryllium replaced arsenic a pitcher and to stay successful the crippled arsenic the DH aft helium was done pitching. He grounded retired doubly — Pittsburgh 2nd baseman Adam Frazier ranged to marque a bully backhanded pickup that prevented a deed against Max Scherzer starting the night.

Ohtani combined with Lance Lynn, Kyle Gibson, Nathan Eovaldi, Gregory Soto, Chris Bassitt, Andrew Kittredge, Matt Barnes and Liam Hendriks connected an eight-hitter.

Hendriks got the save, helped by a fortunate bounce that turned what would've been a chaotic transportation into an retired astatine second.

Despite different play of strikeouts that person alarmed baseball’s leadership, NL batters whiffed 12 times portion AL hitters had conscionable 3 strikeouts.

Still, the effect had a acquainted ring. The AL has won 20 of the past 23 All-Star Games with 1 necktie thrown in.

While everything is measured with precision these days, Guerrero’s third-inning thrust against Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes was jaw-dropping adjacent earlier Statcast revealed it went 468 feet, the longest since All-Star Games were wired successful 2015.

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American League All-Star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a solo location tally successful the 3rd inning against the National League squad during the 91st MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard astatine Coors Field connected July 13, 2021 successful Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images)

As the shot landed astatine the apical of the left-field seats nether the immense video board, NL shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., different of “juniors” among a grounds 42 first-time All-Stars, turned dilatory and enactment some hands implicit his head.

Guerrero’s homer was the 200th successful All-Star past and helium followed successful the bat way of his father, Vladimir Guerrero, who homered disconnected Brad Penny successful the 2006 crippled astatine Pittsburgh. They joined Bobby Bonds (1973) and Barry Bonds (1998 astatine Coors) and Ken Griffey Sr. (1980) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1992) arsenic the lone father-son duos with All-Star homers.

Guerrero was named the game's MVP, the youngest successful past to triumph the All-Star grant astatine conscionable 22 years old.

Guerrero added an RBI grounder successful the 5th against Miami’s Trevor Rogers, and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts followed with an RBI azygous for a 4-0 lead. Both runs were unearned aft shortstop Brandon Crawford misplayed Teoscar Hernández’s grounder for an error.

Toronto’s Marcus Semien had enactment the AL up with an RBI azygous successful the 2nd disconnected Burnes, who took the loss.

Realmuto homered successful the 5th disconnected Soto, a much pedestrian 430-foot thrust that was the archetypal by a Philadelphia All-Star since Mike Schmidt successful 1981.

Zunino cracked a 433-foot changeable successful the sixth against Taijuan Walker and allowed a run-scoring passed shot successful the bottommost half.

A assemblage of 49,184 filled Coors Field, a stark opposition to the 2020 regular play played successful bare ballparks due to the fact that of the pandemic and galore games with constricted fans successful the archetypal fractional of this play portion vaccinations became much prevalent.

Ohtani became the 2nd consecutive Japanese pitcher to triumph the All-Star Game aft the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka 2 years ago. Last year’s crippled was canceled erstwhile the season’s commencement was delayed by the pandemic to precocious July.

He retired Tatis, Max Muncy and Arenado, a Colorado instrumentality favorite, successful bid successful the bottommost half, throwing 10 of 14 pitches for strikes.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts managed the National League squad and 3 of the 4 all-star selections appeared successful the game. Max Muncy, who leads the Dodgers successful location runs with 19, was successful the starting lineup arsenic the designated hitter.

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National League All-Star Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands for the nationalist anthem during the 91st MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard astatine Coors Field connected July 13, 2021 successful Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matt Dirksen/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images)

Later successful the game, 3rd baseman Justin Turner took implicit for Muncy arsenic the DH and deed a single. Chris Taylor appeared successful the crippled successful halfway tract and made respective captious catches to support the NL successful the game. Walker Buehler did not transportation successful the game.

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