MLB All-Star Game 2012: Justin Verlander Takes Loss As NL Shuts Out AL

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander gave up five runs in the one inning he pitched in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, which the NL won by a score of 8-0.

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MLB All-Star Game 2012: NL Wins 8-0; Verlander, Fielder Have Fun Despite Loss

The MLB All-Star Game isn't officially an exhibition game since home-field advantage in the World Series is on the line. But that doesn't mean the game isn't fun for the players regardless of the outcome.

The National League won home-field advantage and the game, 8-0, as Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander took the loss after giving up five runs in his first career All-Star start. The San Francisco Giants showed up big with starter Matt Cain earning the win and center fielder Melky Cabrera earning the MVP award for his two hits, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

While things didn't go as Verlander had hoped, at least he and teammate Prince Fielder had some fun while they were out on the field together. According to Jason Beck, Verlander wasn't sweating the poor outing or the loss.

Verlander usually starts out games in the low 90s but wanted to impress in his short outing by hitting triple-digits on the radar gun. He also skipped his normal, focused pre-game routine because of the casual nature of the game and the pre-game festivities.

Fielder ended the game going 0-for-2 at the plate with a pair of deep fly balls for outs. Third baseman Miguel Cabrera was 0-for-1 on the night.

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2012 Home Run Derby: Prince Fielder Wins It All

The Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder is the 2012 MLB Home Run Derby champion. With 12 home runs in the final round, he defeated the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista to take home his second Derby trophy.

Fielder, who won the competition in 2009 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, is only the second player to win more than one Derby. The other is Ken Griffey Jr., who won it in 1994, 1998 and 1999.

Fielder is the first Tiger to win the competition. His home runs were hit an average of 423 feet.

Bautista hit seven home runs in the final round. He beat the Los Angeles Angels' Mark Trumbo in a second round swing-off to advance to face Fielder.

The other participants were Carlos Beltran (St. Louis Cardinals), Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates), Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Robinson Cano (New York Yankees).

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2012 MLB All-Star Game: Tigers' Justin Verlander Officially Starting

The 2012 MLB All-Star game is right around the corner and the Detroit Tigers are certainly well-represented. Justin Verlander has been one of the best pitchers in the game over the last couple years, earning multiple awards and an appearance on the cover of a video game, and now he's going to play in his fifth All-Star Game.

More than that, it's now official that Verlander will be starting for the American League, according to Jon Morosi on Twitter:

As noted by Rick Thompson on Twitter, Verlander is the seventh pitcher in Tigers history to start the All-Star Game, and he's joining some excellent company. Kenny Rogers (2006), Jack Morris (1981, '85), Mark Fidrych (1976), Denny McLain (1966), Jim Bunning (1957) and Hal Newhouser (1947) are those other pitchers.

Also of particular note is that another Tigers player, Prince Fielder, will bat No. 5 in the lineup for the American League, as noted by Jason Beck on Twitter.

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2012 All-Star Futures Game: Tigers Prospect Nick Castellanos Named MVP

Three different prospects for the Detroit Tigers took part in the Major League Baseball Futures Game to kick off All-Star week in Kansas City, and all three represented the future of the Tigers very well. The U.S. Team rolled to an easy 17-5 victory thanks to a nine-run sixth inning.

Nick Castellanos had a three-run home run in that sixth inning to help the American team blow the game open. He finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate as the starting designated hitter with three RBI, three runs scored, and a walk. Castellanos was named the game's MVP.

Rob Brantly also contributed to the American victory, driving in a run in three at-bats as he took over late at catcher. Brantly also scored a run.

Pitching prospect Bruce Rondon threw two-thirds of an inning for the World team to close out the game, retiring both batters he faced.

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2012 Home Run Derby Participants: Prince Fielder To Join Robinson Cano's Team

On Monday afternoon, it was officially announced the Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder was named to the American League's Home Run Derby team by captain Robinson Cano.

Cano and Fielder will be joined by Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo as the AL's representatives.

Fielder previously won the 2009 Home Run Derby as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and was the first player in franchise history to win the event.

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2012 MLB All-Star Game Rosters: Detroit's Prince Fielder To Start At 1B, Joins Miguel Cabrera And Justin Verlander

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters are out, and three Detroit Tigers players will be joining the festivities this year at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.

Starting at first base is none other than slugger Prince Fielder, who will be making his fourth appearance and first as an American Leaguer. Fielder, who hopes to take part in the Home Run Derby the day before the big game, will be joined on the team by 2011 MVP winner Justin Verlander in his fifth career trip to the midseason extravaganza.

Along with Verlander and Fielder on the team is Miguel Cabrera at third base, who will make his seventh appearance. Former Detroit closer Fernando Rodney, currently with the Rays, was also named to the squad for the first time in his big league career. As far as snubs go, Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson narrowly missed the cut, as AL manager Ron Washington opted to choose a number of his own players with his manager selections.

Here are the full American League rosters:

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

Reserves
Adam Jones - OF
Matt Wieters - C
Adam Dunn - 1B
Paul Konerko - 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Miguel Cabrera - 3B
Billy Butler - DH
Mike Trout - OF
Mark Trumbo - 1B
Joe Mauer - C
Elvis Andrus - SS
Ian Kinsler - 2B

Pitchers
Matt Harrison - SP
Joe Nathan - RP
Felix Hernandez - SP
Ryan Cook - RP
Justin Verlander - SP
C.C. Sabathia - SP (Replaced by C.J. Wilson - SP)
Jered Weaver - SP
Jim Johnson - RP
Chris Sale - SP
Chris Perez - RP
Fernando Rodney - RP
David Price - SP

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