The American League All-Star Team has never been able to get off the blocks.
The AL continues to trail the National League 8-0 after eight innings in Kansas City in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
Oakland’s Ryan Cook came in in the top of the seventh and mowed the NL down in order, including strike outs of both Bryce Harper and David Wright.
Kansas City hometown favorite Billy Butler entered the game in the bottom of the inning to a standing ovation. The crowd stayed on its feet for his entire at-bat. Butler fought against Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, but eventually grounded out to third. The crowd still cheered Butler on his way out.
The AL continued to show warning track power as Matt Weiters flew out to left. His teammate Adam Jones grounded out to first to continue the AL’s lack of offensive presence.
In the top of the eighth, Ian Kinsler barely nipped speedy Astros second sacker Jose Altuve to start the inning. He appeared to be safe, but first base umpire Jim Joyce called him out. Where was that call in 2010? Orioles closer Jim Johnson closed down the NL for another 1-2-3 inning.
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel mowed down both Asdrubal Cabrera and Kinsler before NL skipper Tony La Russa brought in Reds fireballer Aroldis Champman to face Mark Trout. Trout walked, bringing up teammate Mark Trumbo, who struck out to end the inning.
Miguel Cabrera is scheduled to bat in the ninth inning.