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Jeter goes 2-for-2 in final All-Star Game

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Derek Jeter, playing in his 14th and final All-Star Game, started a three-run run first inning with a double, singled in the third, then was removed from Tuesday's game to a prolonged standing ovation.

Thanks in part to Jeter, the American League led the National League 5-3 after five innings at Target Field.

After going 2-for-2, the New York Yankees shortstop took his position to start the fourth inning. AL manager John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox then sent out Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to take Jeter's place.

Jeter, who announced in February that he is retiring at the end of the season, doffed his cap to his crowd, then hugged each of his teammates once he returned to the dugout. With the fans asking for a curtain call, Jeter went in front of the dugout and tipped his cap again.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout drove in two runs, including one with a double in the fifth inning off St. Louis Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek that broke a 3-3 tie. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve then hit a sacrifice fly off Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard to make it 5-3.

Jeter sliced a double down the right field line to lead off the first on the second pitch from Adam Wainwright, and he scored on a triple by Trout. One out later, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera blasted a two-run home run to left field to put the AL ahead 3-0.

Wainwright was tagged for three runs and three hits in his one inning, a day after NL manager Mike Matheny of the Cardinals chose his team's ace as the starting pitcher over Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. It was a decision that created some minor controversy considering that Kershaw recently had a 41-inning scoreless streak.

Kershaw followed Wainwright by pitching a perfect second inning.

After Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez pitched a scoreless first inning for the AL, the NL scored twice in the second off the Red Sox's Jon Lester. Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit back-to-back RBI doubles.

Lucroy hit another run-scoring double in the fourth off White Sox left-hander Chris Sale to tie the score at 3-3.

Tuesday's game was quite a contrast to the previous two All-Star Games, both of which ended in shutouts.

NOTES: Oakland Athletics RHP Jeff Samardzija was a man without a country as he suited up with the National League team, even though he is now playing in the American League. He was voted into the game by NL players before being traded by the Chicago Cubs on July 4, but he was deemed ineligible to play by Major League Baseball. ... Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who won seven AL batting titles with the Minnesota Twins, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Next year's All-Star Game will be played at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
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