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American League beats the National League in the 2016 All-Star Game, 4-2

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Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was named MVP of the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego, blasting a solo home run and adding an RBI single in a 2-for-3 performance, helping the American League beat the National League 4-2 on Tuesday night. His solo homer off of Johnny Cueto tied the game up at 1-1 in the first inning and his RBI single in the third inning off of Jose Fernandez boosted the AL’s lead to 4-1. Teammate Salvador Perez smacked a two-run home run off of Cueto in the second as well.

The AL was set behind early when Kris Bryant drilled a solo home run to left field off of starter Chris Sale. The NL was only able to tack on one more run in the fourth inning thanks to Marcell Ozuna‘s RBI single.

The NL’s best chance to tie the game came in the top of the eighth inning when Jonathan Lucroy and Starling Marte singled, and Adam Duvall walked to load the bases with two outs against Miller. Will Harris came in and struck out Aledmys Diaz to put out the fire.

Orioles closer Zach Britton came on in the ninth to seal the 4-2 victory. After allowing a leadoff single to Daniel Murphy, Britton got Paul Goldschmidt to ground into a 1-3 fielder’s choice, then induced a game-ending 5-4-3 double play. Corey Kluber got the win, Cueto got the loss, and Britton got the save. The American League champion will have home field advantage in the 2016 World Series.

The American League has emerged victorious from the All-Star game for the fourth year in a row. The NL won three years in a row from 2010-12 after the AL won every year from 1997-2009, excepting the 2002 tied game at Miller Park.

Notable: NL manager Terry Collins didn’t put any of his players — Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, Jeurys Familia — into the game.

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Denard Span likely to retire from baseball

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Veteran outfielder Denard Span is likely to hang up his spikes, per Patrick Reusse of The Star Tribune. Span told Reusse, “I haven’t announced it officially, but maybe this is it.”

Span says he received several minor league contract offers, but added that “they didn’t seem right as far as having a chance to move up to the big club if I was doing well in Triple-A.”

The 38-year-old hasn’t played in the majors since 2018 with the Rays and Mariners. Over 501 combined plate appearances, he hit .261/.341/.419 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI.  The Mariners did not pick up his 2019 option and he didn’t end up playing anywhere last year, even in the minors.

If this is it for Span, he would wrap up an 11-year major league career during which he suited up for five different teams: the Twins, the Nationals, and Giants as well as the Rays and Mariners. Notably, he accrued 1,498 hits, scored 773 runs, and stole 185 bases.