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Indians’ Shane Beiber wins MVP, and Cleveland shines in All-Star game

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Cary Erickson | 10 July, 2019, 18:39

Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the American League (wearing #45 in honor of Tyler Skaggs) runs after batting against the National League.

Overall, there were 36 first-timers, a number boosted by the absence of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Jose Altuve and several past perennials.

"I know it's the year of the home run, but pitching dominated today", Colorado slugger Nolan Arenado said. And there's more than baseball in life.

Michael Brantley of the Houston Astros, who played 10 seasons for the Indians and was an All-Star for the team in 2014, 2017 and 2018, singled in Astros teammate Alex Bregman for a 1-0 AL lead in the second inning.

He was greeted with a thunderous ovation during player introductions, stopping to squeeze Francona tightly before slapping hands with the rest of the AL squad.

"It's gonna be I'm sure a very emotional night for all of us", La Stella said before the game.

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"This energizes it. This gives them something to really play for", Selig said after owners approved the change by a unanimous vote in 2003. "He came in. I said, 'Hey brother, ball out, do your thing.' Then I see his back".

Bieber earned the MVP award in front of a chanting home crowd, striking out Willson Contreras, Ketel Marte and Ronald Acuna Jr.in the fifth with a 1-0 lead.

Sabathia was awfully appreciative of Cora's gesture.

"The fans recognize he's been one of the best pitchers in the big leagues", Cora said. "We all know he's going to retire, so we wanted to let everybody know who he is and I think it was a nice tribute".

From 2003-2016 the All-Star game was used as a mechanism to decide home field in the World Series.

"If I was a (Cleveland) fan, I'd boo us, too", Bryant said. "I can't say enough about how this All-Star Weekend and week has been run. And those are guys that have been to three or four, five, six All-Star Games".