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American League extends National League losing streak to eight

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Morning news and notes for Wednesday, July 14, 2021

91st MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

José Ramírez led the American League to their eighth-straight All-Star Game win last night. Like he’s had to do dozens of times already this season, he put his team full of scrappy underdogs on his back and showed why he’s the one making 15 times as much money as each of them.

OK, most of that prior paragraph is untrue. José did hit the night’s fifth farthest baseball, a 388-footer, but it was caught. Like most of his BABIP this season, it did not find a hole. This was his only at-bat of the night, but I wasn’t lying about the fact that his team won.

The voters, clearly obsessed with distance, gave Vladimir Guerrero Jr. the MVP honors even though he only bested José by 80 feet. Yawn.

  • Shohei Ohtani picked up the #pitcherwin by virtue of his scoreless first that was followed by the AL taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. As much as voters assuredly wanted to desperately give him the MVP, he did not do anything memorable aside from that FO-GO-GO inning pitched.
  • Nolan Arenado got to bat in the bottom of an inning at Coors, and the fans let their worse-than-Dolan owner know how much they missed him.

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