MLB All-Star Game: Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg Pitch Scoreless Innings; NL Wins, 8-0

Bryce Harper finishes 0-for-1 with a walk and an unfortunate incident in left field as the National League secures home field advantage in the World Series.

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MLB All-Star Game: Could Washington Host In 2015?

The first-place Washington Nationals were well represented at the 2012 MLB All-Star game on Tuesday night with a trio of players making an appearance. Washington could play a far more prominent role in the 2015 All-Star game. Commissioner Bud Selig told a gathering of baseball writers that Nationals Park could be the site of that year's All-Star game.

All-Star game locations alternated between the American and National League each year. Next year's game will take place at Citi Field in New York, home of the Mets. Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Twins, is expected to host the 2014 game.

Washington is making a lobbying push to host their first Mid-Summer Classic since 1969.

"[We] would love to host a future All-Star Game," Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner said in a statement to The Washington Times. "Since commissioner Selig returned baseball to Washington, the Nationals‘ ownership group has enthusiastically lobbied him to allow us to honor the game, our fans, and him, by bringing one of the national pastime's greatest fan attractions to the nation's capital. We can think of no better place to celebrate America's game than in America's city."

Selig noted that the demand from teams to host the game was high.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: National League Blows Out American League For 3rd Straight Win

The National League cruised to their third straight All-Star Game victory by defeating the American League 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium. The NL roughed up AL starter Justin Verlander in the top of the first inning, putting five runs on the board. The reigning AL Cy Young and MVP was wild and issued back-to-back walks to Carlos Beltran and Buster Posey to load the bases. Posey's teammate, Pablo Sandoval, cleared the bases with a triple off the right field wall the pushed the lead to 4-0.

Another Giant put the game out of reach in the top of the fourth, with Melky Cabrera taking Matt Harrison over the left field wall into the bullpen to make it 8-0. The two-run shot was his second hit of the night and sealed up the MVP award for Cabrera.

The eight-run lead allowed Tony La Russa to keep his pitching plan in tact, with the retired manager using Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg in the third and fourth innings. Both Nationals starters held the shutout, with Strasburg getting some help on a running catch by Ryan Braun in left field. Bryce Harper had a strikeout and a walk in his first All-Star Game. After the walk, the sensational rookie instantly made some noise when he successfully tagged up from first base on a deep fly ball to left field. But Harper's first midsummer classic may be best remembered for the amusing play when he lost the ball in the lights. Like the rest of the National League, it was a good night for Washington's representatives.

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ANIMATED: Bryce Harper Loses Fly Ball In All-Star Game

At the ripe old age of 19, Bryce Harper made his first All-Star appearance on Tuesday in the top of the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Harper drew a walk against Jered Weaver and then promptly tagged up and went from first to second on a deep fly out to left by Buster Posey. Harper was erased, however, when he got caught running to third on a grounder back to the pitcher.

But the rookie phenom made his first big mark on the game in the bottom of the inning, when he comically lost a ball in the lights. Mike Napoli sent one high into the Kansas City night and Harper came charging in to catch the can of corn. He never really motioned that he had lost it, but then at the very end he put his hands out in exasperation as the ball landed right behind him. It all led to this hilarious gif of goodness:

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After the AL loaded the bases against Clayton Kershaw, Harper would end the inning by securely catching an Ian Kinsler fly out to preserve the 8-0 lead.

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MLB All-Star Game: Stephen Strasburg Pitches Scoreless Inning

Stephen Strasburg followed up Gio Gonzalez's perfect inning by preserving the National League shutout in the bottom of the fourth. Strasburg gave up a lead-off single to the Yankees Robinson Cano, who took a pitch right up the middle to get on base. Cano was quickly erased on a hard-hit shot up the middle by Josh Hamilton, but shortstop Rafael Furcal was playing right behind the bag and quickly stepped on second to convert a double play.

After walking Jose Bautista, Strasburg retired Prince Fielder on a fly out to left field. But it took an impressive running catch by Ryan Braun to end the inning, robbing Fielder of an extra base hit and keeping the eight-run lead in tact.

The NL pushed the lead to eight when they added three runs in the top of the fourth. A two-run rip over the left field wall and into the bullpen by Melky Cabrera did most of the damage.

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MLB All-Star Game: Gio Gonzalez Pitches Perfect Inning, Holds 5-Run Lead For NL

Gio Gonzalez was the first Washington National to make an appearance in Tuesday night's All-Star game. The Nats' starter worked an impressive 1-2-3 bottom of the third inning. Gonzalez came on in relief of starter Matt Cain and immediately struck out the first batter he faced -- Mike Napoli. He then got Curtis Granderson out on a harmless fly out to left and followed that up by getting his Yankees teammate Derek Jeter to swing over the top of a pitch and chop one to the right side of the infield. It was a quick 11-pitch inning.

Gonzalez's work held a five-run lead for the National League, which jumped all over AL starter Justin Verlander in the first inning. The Senior Circuit put a five-spot on the board in the first -- the most runs they've scored in a single inning in All-Star Game history. Both Ryan Braun and Pablo Sandoval took Verlander to right, with the portly Giants slugger knocking in three on a bases-clearing triple.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg To Pitch Second And Third Innings Respectively, According To Report

The Washington Nationals' young arms will get their chance during the Midsummer Classic Tuesday evening.

Both Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, will pitch during the second and third innings, respectively, during the 83rd All-Star Game in Kansas City, according to the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore.

With the Nats this season, Gonzalez has started 17 games, going 12-3 with a 2.92 ERA, along with 118 striekeouts. Meanwhile, Strasburg is 9-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 17 starts, as well.

First pitch at Kauffman Stadium is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. EST on FOX. San Francisco's Matt Cain will start for the National League and Detroit's Justin Verlander will do so for the American League.

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Washington D.C. Likely Host City For 2015 MLB All-Star Game, According To Report

Washington D.C. has a first place ball club at the All-Star break, and could be playing host to the festivities this time come 2015, if rumors are true. USA Today's Bob Nightengale is reporting that Nationals Park could be the next in line to host the event:

The Nationals were in the hunt to host next year's All-Star game, but lost out to the new Citi Field in New York. While the AL and NL usually rotate hosting duties year to year, the Chicago Cubs are trying to lobby MLB to put the 2014 game at Wrigley Field to honor that stadium's centennial. If the Cubs can't convinced Bud Selig and company to make the move, Minnesota's Target Field is the next likely destination.

The Washington Nationals haven't hosted an All-Star game since the franchise was moved to D.C. in 2005, and since Nationals Park opened in 2008. The Montreal Expos hosted the game once, in 1982, in Olympic Stadium.

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

The 2012 MLB All-Star Game will be live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday night. Fox will carry the broadcast beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Nationals will be represented by three players including Bryce Harper, who will be the youngest position player to ever participate in the annual game of the MLB's best.

Joining Harper will be pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg. Here are Tuesday's starting lineups:

American League

SS Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
LF Josh Hamilton
RF Jose Bautista
1B Prince Fielder
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
C Mike Napoli
CF Curtis Granderson

Starting Pitcher: Justin Verlander

National League

DH Carlos Gonzalez
CF Melky Cabrera
LF Ryan Braun
1B Joey Votto
RF Carlos Beltran
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
2B Dan Uggla
SS Rafael Furcal

Starting Pitcher: Matt Cain

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Home Run Derby 2012: Prince Fielder Wins 2nd Derby

Prince Fielder joined Ken Griffey, Jr. as the only other two-time winner of the Home Run Derby on Monday night by edging out Toronto's Jose Bautista at Kauffman Stadium. Fielder just barely made it into the second round by golfing one out for his fifth homer. He then cruised after that, bombing shots over 475 feet to right that were the biggest blasts of the night.

Carlos Beltran was the only National League player to advance into the second round. The two team captains finished the first round with the low point of the night. Matt Kemp hit his first and only homer of the night as he was down to his final out, but his night quickly ended on the his next swing with a pop out to left. But it was Robinson Cano who set the futility mark, ending the first round with a goose egg. Cano was booed incessantly by the home Kansas City crowd who were upset that he did not pick the Royals' Billy Butler for the AL Team. The took particular delight in his struggles and erupted with a mocking cheer. Full results below:

Final Round

Prince Fielder 12
Jose Bautista 7

Two-Round Totals

Prince Fielder 16
Jose Bautista 13
Mark Trumbo 13
Carlos Beltran 12

First Round

Jose Bautista 11
Carlos Beltran 7
Mark Trumbo 7
Prince Fielder 5
Carlos Gonzalez 4
Andrew McCutchen 4
Matt Kemp 1
Robinson Cano 0

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Pudge Rodriguez On Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg And His Newest Competitive Endeavor

Former Washington Nationals' catcher Pudge Rodriguez is impressed with the 2012 Nats and Bryce Harper, but not sure he believes Stephen Strasburg will be shut down...

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

Players are descending upon Kansas City for the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star game. The game does not happen until Tuesday night, but the festivities get underway on Monday with the Home Run Derby.

Four players from each league will hit balls, or try to, our of the park in the name of charity and television ratings. The American League will be represented by Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo. The National League team is made up of Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Beltran and Andrew McCutchen, who replaces ailing Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

The rules are simple. Each player gets 10 "outs" per round, an out being a ball that is not a home run. The two players with the most home runs square off in the final round.

ESPN will broadcast the Home Run Derby starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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With the 2012 Home Run Derby set to take place on Monday night in Kansas City, SB Nation takes a look at this year's contestants, some of the longest derby dingers in recent history, and whether or not the field will be able to put on a show at a stadium not all that known for surrendering the long ball.

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MLB Futures Game 2012: World Team Gets Dominated By U.S. Team, 17-5

The 2012 MLB Futures Game was a run-fest of sorts as there were 22 total runs in the contest, 17 of those came from the U.S. squad who thoroughly dominated the World team on Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The U.S. squad cranked out 17 hits and scored as many runs as they thoroughly outplayed their World counterparts.

Nick Castellanos, a star infield prospect for the Detroit Tigers, was named MVP of the game as he contributed three runs in a nine-run sixth inning that essentially put the game out of reach for the World team.

Even more impressive for the U.S. team, at least 13 players registered at least one run, RBI or both in the ball game.

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

Major League Baseball All-Star weekend gets an early start on Sunday, when many of baseballs top prospects take the field for the 2012 Futures Game. The exhibition game pits tomorrow's stars from the U.S. versus the World.

Representing the Nationals on the U.S. team will be 22-year-old Hagerstown pitcher Alex Meyer. At Class A, Meyer is 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 70 1/3 innings pitched, over 14 starts. The lanky righthander is a flamethrower, amassing 77 strikeouts in those 70 1/3 innings of work. In his last six starts, Meyer has a 1.69 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 32 innings.

Here is what you need to know for Sunday's game:

Game date/time: Sunday, July 8, 5:00 p.m. EST

Location: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

TV: ESPN2

Stream: MLB.com

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Bryce Harper 'Excited To Go' To All-Star Game In Kansas City

Because of an injury to Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, the Nationals' 19-year-old rookie Bryce Harper will partake in next week's Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Harper was named to the National League roster earlier Saturday, becoming the youngest position player to ever make the Midsummer Classic.

"I don't have words to explain it right now," Harper told the Washington Post. "It's exciting to go. I'm excited to get there and be around all of the top guys in the country, of course, and the top guys in baseball. I'm going to take it all in and try to enjoy it with my family and just be as mellow and calm as I can."

Though, hinting at a desire to have a mental break, he insisted, nonetheless, that he was excited to participate in the game, which will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

"It's all for the fans," the outfielder added. "It's an exciting time for them. I'm going to try to take it all in as much as I can. It's all for the fans. You try and go in there and try to enjoy yourself with them and really try to put on a show for them."

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Bryce Harper Named To The NL Team

It seems the Washington Nationals will send three players to Kansas City for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after all.

Shortly after it was announced that shortstop Ian Desmond would be scratched from the National League team due to an oblique strain and be replaced by Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Bourn, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reaggravated a right knee injury against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon and will need to have arthroscopic surgery on Sunday, making him unavailable to play in the game, according to a report by ESPN.

As a result, Stanton will be replaced by Nats outfielder Bryce Harper, effectively making the 19-year-old the youngest position player ever to be named an All-Star.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Ian Desmond Out Of The Midsummer Classic

The Washington Nationals were all set to send three players to the All-Star Game in Kansas City next week, but that number will now be cut down to two as shortstop Ian Desmond will be scratched and replaced by Michael Bourn of the Atlanta Braves on the National League team, according to a report by ESPN:

Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Bourn has been named by 2012 National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa to replace Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond on the N.L.'s active roster for the 83rd All-Star Game, Major League Baseball announced today.

Desmond has been dealing with a strain to his oblique suffered in June. He's undergone treatment and the medical evaluation is that rest would be the best thing for him at this time.

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2012 MLB All-Star Weekend: Schedule Of Events

The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is rapidly approaching as the Kansas City Royals prepare to host the Mid-Summer Classic. There is much more than the game itself of course, so here is a handy schedule of all the weekend's events for easy reference including the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby, and of course the All-Star Game itself.

Sunday July 8

SiriusXM Futures Game- 5 p.m. ET. on ESPN2

Monday July 9

State Farm Home Run Derby- 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrities Softball Game- 11 p.m. ESPN (Tape Delay)

Tuesday July 10

All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet- 2 p.m. ET on MLB Network
83rd MLB All Star Game- 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Bryce Harper Won't Participate In Home Run Derby

Washington Nationals left field Bryce Harper has been just about everything he's been billed so far in the majors, but it doesn't look like he's going to get his chance to show off during MLB's All Star weekend during the home run derby. It's not because Harper declined to participate in the derby, but because Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp won't be choosing him to be on the National League's home run derby team.

"It's not because he's a rookie. It's just that there are other guys out there that are capable,'' Kemp told USA Today. "I'm not saying he wouldn't do a good job in the Home Run Derby. He's going to have plenty of time to participate in many Home Run Derbies. Just not this year. Nothing against him. I love watching him play.''

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MLB All Star Game Voting Update: Adam LaRoche Ranks Fifth Among First Basemen

Adam LaRoche of the Washington Nationals ranks fifth in all-star voting among first basemen.

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