Ultimately it was Cruz's AL squad that won Tuesday's All-Star Game 2-1 in 10 innings.?
Chosen to be a part of his eighth All-Star Game, the Mariners second baseman shrugged off the notion that he should rest his aching quadriceps in preparation for the second half of the season.
Cano's homer came exactly 50 years after the previous extra-inning homer in an All-Star Game, when Tony Perez hit a tiebreaking 15th-inning shot off Catfish Hunter in the NL's 2-1 win at Anaheim, California.
It was one of a few highlights on night where pitchers dominated in the game.
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz, before pinch-hitting for Tampa's Corey Dickerson, the American League's designated hitter, stopped behind home plate for an impromptu photo op with umpire Joe West.
Molina was later left stranded on third in the bottom of the ninth as the game winning run when New York's Michael Conforto struck out swinging. Cleveland's Andrew Miller got the save, striking out Cody Bellinger to end it. The AL has won 12 of 15 and 17 of the last 20 All-Star Games played to a decision. The outcome means the all-time series is tied for the first time since the NL beat the AL in 1964. Harrison was one of just two players with African-American heritage in the National League clubhouse along with the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Major League Baseball no longer awards home-field advantage for the World Series based on the result of the All-Star Game, ending that policy this year after 14 seasons. Instead, the American League winners get $20,000 apiece, while the losers get nothing.
The night's most-watched sluggers fizzled.
Cruz said he just wanted to pay homage to West, who recently called the 5,000th game of his career.
"Winning MVP, you want to get that feeling", Cano said. NL starter Max Scherzer also came out letting it fly.
After the game Cruz posted the Molina's picture of him and West on Instagram.
Harper made a great play in the second inning, robbing Salvador Perez of a single to shallow right-center.
"I was able to let loose a little bit", Sale said.
Later interviews were conducted on the field as warm-up pitches were thrown between innings. "I was able to settle down and make pitches when I needed to".