AL All Stars Triumphant in 9-4 win

This year's All Star game was highlighted by an offensive showcase against arguably the greatest pitcher of the era - Roger Clemens. Clemens just didn't look sharp as he allowed 6 runs in the first inning (his only inning of work), a deficit the National League would never recover from. Tiger Catcher Ivan Rodriguez also had a pair of hits in his first All Star game as a Tiger.

Roger Clemens just wasn't his usual self. 6 runs in 1 inning of work, he'd never get a chance to see another.

The game started with a double by Ichiro Suzuki, then Ivan Rodriguez (on his way to a 2-for-4 day) hit an RBI triple, and in the words of New Found Glory, it was all down hill from here.

Texas Rangers Second Baseman Alfonso Soriano took home the Most Valuable Player award, largely for his 3-run Home Run in the 1st inning, off Clemens.

The National League simply wasn't able to catch up after the huge hole, although they were able to get 3 runs in the 4th inning off Cleveland Indians representative C.C. Sabathia.

The other Tiger representative, SS Carlos Guillen, did not make an appearance in the game, being held back in case of injury. The fact that he was one of four Shortstops on the American League squad certainly contributed to his not playing as well.

After their break, the Tigers play host to the New York Yankees in Comerica Park for a 4-game set. All games are already sold out, but all four will be televised - Thursday, Saturday and Sunday on Fox Sports Detroit, and Friday night on UPN 50.

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