Tuesday, July 11, 2006

That was close.

Down 2-1 with two outs in the top of the ninth, the American League reeled three straight hits off NL closer Trevor Hoffman, capped off by Texas Ranger Michael Young's two-run triple.

AL Manager Ozzie Guillen then called on Yankee closer Mariano Rivera, who got Homerun Derby champion Ryan Howard to fly out to Michael Young, sealing a 3-2 win.

According to a rule instituted after 2002's unfulfilling All-Star tie, the American League now has homefield advantage for the World Series. I don't know that I approve of homefield being decided by the All-Star game, but it does make the game more exciting. Then again, should homefield go to the team with the best regular season record? Feel free to debate this in the Comments section.

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