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MLB All-Star Game 2012: National League Takes Home-Field Advantage With 8-0 Win

Should the Braves make the World Series, they'll be opening at Turner Field.

The National League beat up the American League MVP and cruised to an 8-0 win in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday in Kansas City. It is the third straight year the NL has won, and as a result, the winner of the NLCS will host the 2012 World Series. It was the largest margin of victory for the NL in All-Star Game history.

Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed five runs in the first inning, including a three-RBI triple from Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval. All eight NL runs came over two innings. Rangers starter Matt Harrison allowed three two-out runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homer from Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored and was awarded the game's MVP.

As for the Braves in the game, Dan Uggla went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in the first inning in the start. Chipper Jones went 1-for-1 with a single in an emotional final All-Star appearance and Michael Bourn went 0-for-1. Craig Kimbrel struck out the two batters he faced in the eighth inning.

In the end, 41 position players and 20 pitchers total played in the game.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.