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Posted on: 07-12-2011

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>>caption:   AVILA (L) TAGGED-OUT


      Milwaukee Brewers 1Bman
Prince Fielder, who grew up in
Metro Detroit when his father
Cecil Fielder was a Tiger slugger,
slugged his own way into All-Star history Tuesday night with a 3rHR blast
off the top of the LCField fence that led the National League over the
American League, 5-1.
      Fielder was voted the "Ted Williams Award" as the ASG MVP to help
give the NL its first back-to-back All-Star wins since the mid-1990s
(three in a row from 1994--96).
      The big news for Tiger fans coming out of the ASG is that current
Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera played only 2-INN, coming out in the
Mid-7th with a strained left side. Cabby's status for regular season play
(which resumes for the Tigs Friday night) is TBA.
      Voted as a starter for his first All-Star appearance, Tiger CA Alex
Avila spent the first 5-INN behind the plate. At bat, Avila grounded out
twice, to SStop to end the T-3rd and to 1Base to end the T-5th.   
      When Cabrera entered at 1Base and Jhonny Peralta at SStop as AL
defensive replacements in the B-5th, three Tigers were on the field at
the same time. All three were involved in defensive plays in that frame.
Avila put the 2nd-out tag on Chicago Cub Starlin Castro who tried to
score from 3Base on a tapper. When Los Angeles Dodger Andre Ethier
tried to take second on his RBI-1B to RField, Cabrera cut the throw home
and tossed to Tiger teammate Peralta to tag Ethier for the B-5th's 3rd-out.
      Peralta flew out to the RField warning track and Cabrera grounded out
to 2Base for the last 2-outs of the T-6th.                  
      Peralta popped out to 2Base to end the T-8th.
      The other two Tiger All-Stars DNP. Starter Justin Verlander was prevented
from participating because he'd pitched 7.2-IP for Detroit on Sunday. Reliever
Jose Valverde, the AL saves leader, had been designated as the AL closer.
However, because the NL didn't have to bat in the B-9th, Valverde never got
into the game.


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