MLB is again recognizing the 2002 All-Star Game tie

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Craig Calcaterra, our man-on-the-ground this week in New York, noticed before Monday night’s Home Run Derby that the embarrassing 7-7 tie in the 2002 All-Star Game was not represented along with the other recent Midsummer Classic results on the out-of-town scoreboard at Citi Field.

But a certain change has been made ahead of Tuesday night’s festivities:

Here’s a closer look (the years are listed where you usually find those pitcher jersey numbers):

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Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.