MLB All-Star Game 2012: National League Takes Home-Field Advantage With 8-0 Win

If the Astros happen to make the World Series, they'll have home-field advantage.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: National League Cruises To 8-0 Win

If the Astros happen to have a monster second half and make the World Series, they'll have home-field advantage.

The National League beat up the American League MVP and cruised to an 8-0 win in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City. It is the third straight year the NL has won, and as a result, the winner of the NLCS will host the 2012 World Series. It was the largest margin of victory for the NL in All-Star Game history.

Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed five runs in the first inning, including a three-RBI triple from Giants infielderPablo Sandoval. All eight NL runs came over two innings. Rangers starter Matt Harrison allowed three two-out runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer from Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored and was awarded the game's MVP.

As for second baseman Jose Altuve, the lone Astros representative, he went 0-for-1 with a groundout to second in the eighth inning.

In the end, 41 position players and 20 pitchers total played in the game.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Jose Altuve Grounds Out In First At-Bat

The Houston Astros were finally represented in the 2012 All-Star Game in the eighth inning, as Jose Altuve grounded out to second on a close play at first.

The National League leads the American League 8-0 heading to the bottom of the eighth.

Before he even came up to bat, Altuve made some history.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Jose Altuve Talks Home Run Derby

Jose Altuve is just one of many reasons to be excited about this year's surprising Houston Astros team, but on Tuesday night, Altuve will represent the Stros in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports that Altuve is loving every second of his All-Star experience, including getting to be on the field during Monday night's Home Run Derby.

"It was something that I was waiting for," Altuve said. "I was really excited to be out on the grass there and watching those guys hit home runs. The last three Home Run Derbies, I just watched them from home, on TV. Now, I was sitting there. That was pretty cool for me."

Altuve is hoping to get a chance to dazzle the All-Star crowd, just like he did at last year's MLB Futures Game.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: Lineup, TV Schedule, Streaming And More

The MLB All-Star Game is finally less than 12 hours away, and Baseball Nation has the event covered from the ground right here. Jose Altuve is representing the struggling Astros in this game.

You can heck out the lineups, TV schedule and online streaming information below:

American League

Derek Jeter, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B
Josh Hamilton, LF
Jose Bautista, RF
Prince Fielder, 1B
Adrian Beltre, 3B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, C
Curtis Granderson, CF

Justin Verlander, SP

National League

Carlos Gonzalez, DH
Melky Cabrera, CF
Ryan Braun, LF
Joey Votto, 1B
Carlos Beltran, RF
Buster Posey, C
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Dan Uggla, 2B
Rafael Furcal, SS

Matt Cain, SP

Game date/time: Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. CT

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV: Fox

Streaming: MLB.com

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2012 Home Run Derby: Prince Fielder Wins With Record 12 In Final

Prince Fielder hit the longest home runs on Monday, and he hit the most.

The Tigers first baseman won the 2012 Home Run Derby in Kansas City with 12 home runs in the final, tying a derby final record. Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista hit the most home runs in the first round, but only managed seven in the final.

Bautista (11), Mark Trumbo (7), Carlos Beltran (7) and Fielder (5) advanced out of the first round. But the highlight of the round was Yankees second baseman and American League captain Robinson Cano, who selected the AL roster. Kansas City fans were unhappy that Royals designated hitter Billy Butler was left off the roster, and they displayed that displeasure with boos during his introduction and first round. The fans had the last laugh, as Cano went homerless.

In the second round, Fielder hit 11 home runs for a total of 16. Bautista hit two and Trumbo hit six in the second round, tying with a total of 13. As a result, the pair had a five-swing swing-off. Trumbo hit one over five swings, and Bautista hit two to advance to the final.

The longest home run of the night came from Fielder, who hit 476-foot blasts in the second round and in the final, and had many balls land in the fountain in center field. It was Fielder's second derby win, as he won in 2009 as a member of the Brewers. He becomes the second player to win multiple derbies, joining Ken Griffey Jr, who won three in the 1990s.

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Home Run Derby 2012: TV Schedule, Start Time, Contestants And More

The All-Stars will be on the field tonight as the Home Run Derby kicks off the two-day excursion in Kansas City.

For Astros and Royals fans, there will be a familiar face in the field as Carlos Beltran will take aim at the outfield seats in Kauffman Stadium.

The full list of participants is below:

American League contestants:
Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels
Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers

Game Date/Time: Monday July 9, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV: ESPN

Radio: ESPN Radio

Streaming: ESPN3 and WatchESPN app

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2012 MLB Futures Game: Astros Jonathan Singleton Has 3 Hits For Team USA

Houston Astros first baseman Jonathan Singleton was the only Astros player who participated in the Futures All-Star game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday Afternoon. Singleton current plays for the Astros Double-A affilate, and in Sunday's game he earned the start and performed well.

Singleton helped Team USA get the 17-5 win by going 3-for-4, two runs and had a RBI. His RBI came on a line drive to right field off of Ariel Pena in the sixth inning which saw the United States team score nine runs to run away to a 17-5 victory.

Singleton showed his field versatility as well by starting out at his natural spot at first base, but he was switched to play left field later in the game.

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MLB Futures Game 2012 Starting Lineups: Jonathan Singleton Gets Start For U.S. Team

Houston Astros first baseman prospect Jonathan Singleton will get the start for the U.S. team at the 2012 MLB Futures Game. Singleton will bat fifth in the order and will be hitting against Royals pitching prospect Yordano Ventura to start the game.

Here are the full starting lineups for the 2012 MLB Futures Game:

World Team

1. Jean Segura - 2B - LAA
2. Jurickson Profar - SS - TEX
3. Oscar Taveras - RF - STL
4. Alfredo Marte - LF - ARI
5. Xander Bogaerts - DH - BOS
6. Wilmer Flores - 3B - NYM
7. Jesus Aguilar - 1B - CLE
8. Jae-Hoon Ha - CF - CHC
9. Christian Bethancourt - C- ATL
P. Yordano Ventura - KC

U.S. Team

1. Billy Hamilton - SS - CIN
2. Kolten Wong - 2B - STL
3. Wil Myers - RF - KC
4. Mike Olt - 3B - TEX
5. Jonathan Singleton - 1B - HOU
6. Michael Choice - LF - OAK
7. Nick Castellanos - DH - DET
8. Tommy Joseph - C - SF
9. Anthony Gose - CF - TOR
P. Jake Odorizzi - KC

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MLB Futures Game 2012: Rosters, TV Schedule, Start Time And More

All-Star festivities get underway on Sunday with the 2012 MLB Futures game from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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