The Rush: L.A.’s Kershaw, Ohtani and Stanton steal the show in MLB All-Star Game

The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted its first MLB All-Star Game in 42 years and it was worth the wait with a thrilling faceoff between SoCal superstars Clayton Kershaw and Shohei Ohtani, a dazzling double play, mic’d up pitchers on the mound and hometown standout Giancarlo Stanton winning MVP honors. Plus, the come-from-behind win gave the American League its ninth consecutive All-Star Game victory.

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- That swatted up the middle. [? Spear ?] with a backhand by Jimenez. What a play to turn two.

- Watch this ball is hit so hard off the mound. But that little top right there behind the back.

- For the first time in 42 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted a MLB All-Star game.

- It's about damn time.

- And the city of LA was rewarded with a match-up between its two biggest stars right off the bat.

- What are you most looking forward to tonight?

- First pitch, first swing. That's it.

- Yo. Calling your shout-out right in front of the opposition is risky as hell unless you're Shohei Ohtani.

- What?

- Hasn't given up a hit to Ohtani. He's 0-3.

- Off we go. First pitch swinging. Flare of a base hit into center. Ohtani even told him through Tom Verducci first pitch swing, and he did.

- The Angels star was so excited. Just look at him. But Clayton Kershaw will get his revenge.

- The leadoff hit. Kershaw to judge.

- After a toss. Over. He picked him off.

- Shohei's over there saying you're not supposed to throw over an All-Star game. Let me get my lead.

- Aah, you love to see it. The NL jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the big bats of the AL took over in the fourth inning with back-to-back bombs.

- That ball is hammered to left center field. Good bye. 2 run shot. Tie game.

He turns on a ball and hits it a mile. Byron Buxton puts the AL infront.

- And for the ninth straight year, the American League is your all-Star game winners. The MVP award went to Giancarlo Stanton, but in my opinion, the real MVP was the production crew. Can you say miked-up pitchers?

- Right down the middle. But we'll take it. 3 point teams. Let's go.

- Alek, congratulations. Thank you for doing this. You're the best man.

- That's a hell of a bullpen right there.

- That was Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah on the mound talking his way through his pitching performance, and it was dope. I've come to the conclusion that the only way to make baseball more exciting is to shorten the game and get like happy dudes mic'd up every single game.

- You're not wrong.

- Listen, we can take this a step further, like managers boxing it out during the seventh inning stretch. Oh, or hot dog eating every time a run across his home plate. That'd be fun, right. That way we--