CANO Leads the American League While Being Named MVP of The All-Star Game

By Sergio Rodriguez

Sports Editor and
Former ESPN Analyst


arlins Park, in Miami, Florida, was the site for the 88th Major League All-Star game and served as the backdrop of a pitching dominated ballgame.  Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale started for the American League while Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals was the headliner for the National League.  The A.L. broke a scoreless tie in the 5th off Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood when Miguel Sano singled home Jonathan Schoop with a blooper down the right field line.  One inning later St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina homered off Minnesota Twins ace Ervin Santana to tie the game at 1-1.  

The game remained that way until the top of the 10th with both teams getting great pitching and very untimely hitting and to the plate stepped up Robinson Cano for the American League.  Cano, who is no stranger to big moments since he spent a large portion of his career with the NY Yankees, led off the 10th with a huge Home Run to Right Center off Chicago Cubs Reliever Wade Davis to give the A.L. a 2-1 lead.  The interesting thing is that Cano was only in the game due to an injury to Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro.  Another former Yankee and current Cleveland Indians reliever, Andrew Miller, came in to close the game in the bottom of the 10th to give the A.L. the victory.  The series is now tied at 43-43-2. 


American League


2B Jose Altuve Houston Astros: 25 doubles, 

two triples, 13 home runs

3B Jose Ramirez Cleveland Indians: 16 HR, 46 RBI

OF Aaron Judge New York Yankees: 1.139 OPS, 30 HR, 66 RBI

OF George Springer Houston Astros: 27 HR, 61 RBI

SS Carlos Correa Houston Astros: 20 HR, 65 RBI

1B Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays: 23 HR, 56 RBI

DH Corey Dickerson Tampa Bay Rays: .903 OPS, 17 HR 

Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals: 18 HR, 57 RBI

OF Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox: 16 HR, 15 SB, 53 RBI

Chris Sale Boston Red Sox: 11-4, 2.75 ERA, 178 K


Gary Sanchez New York Yankees

1B Yonder Alonso Oakland Athletics

2B Jonathan Schoop Baltimore Orioles

2B Starlin Castro New York Yankees

2B Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners

3B Miguel Sano Minnesota Twins

3B Mike Moustakas Kansas City Royals

SS Francisco Lindor,  Cleveland Indians

OF Avisail Garcia Chicago White Sox

OF Michael Brantley,  Cleveland Indians

DH Nelson Cruz Seattle Mariners

Pitching Staff

SP Lance McCullers Jr., Houston Astros

SP Jason Vargas Kansas City Royals

SP Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays

SP Yu Darvish Texas Rangers

SP Michael Fulmer Detroit Tigers

SP Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians

SP Ervin Santana Minnesota Twins

SP Luis Severino New York Yankees

SP Dallas Keuchel Houston Astros

RP Craig Kimbrel Boston Red Sox

RP Andrew Miller Cleveland Indians

RP Chris Devenski Houston Astros

RP Brandon Kintzler Minnesota Twins

RP Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays

RP Dellin Betances New York Yankees

    NATIONAL League

National League


OF Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies: .319 BA, 20 HR, 61 RBI

DH Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins: .933 OPS, 26 HR, 58 RBI

OF Bryce Harper Washington Nationals: 1.021 OPS, 20 HR,

65 RBI

Buster Posey San Francisco Giants: .325 BA, 10 HR, 35 RBI

2B Daniel Murphy Washington Nationals: .342 BA, 64 RBI

3B Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies: .905, 17 HR, 70 RBI

1B Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals: .969 OPS, 19 HR,

63 RBI

OF Marcell Ozuna Miami Marlins: 23 HR, 69 RBI

SS Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds: .316 BA, 35 RBI

Max Scherzer Washington Nationals: 10-5, 2.10 ERA, 173 K


Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals

1B Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks

1B Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds

1B/OF Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers

2B Josh Harrison Pittsburgh Pirates

2B DJ LeMahieu Colorado Rockies

3B Jake Lamb Arizona Diamondbacks

3B Justin Turner Los Angeles Dodgers

SS Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers

OF Ender Inciarte Atlanta Braves

OF Michael Conforto New York Mets

    Pitching Staff

SP Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

SP Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardinals

SP Zack Greinke Arizona Diamondbacks

SP Robbie Ray Arizona Diamondbacks

SP Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

SP Alex Wood Los Angeles Dodgers

RP Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers

RP Wade Davis Chicago Cubs

RP Corey Knebel Milwaukee Brewers

RP Greg Holland Colorado Rockies

RP Brad Hand San Diego Padres

RP Pat Neshek Philadelphia Phillies