KC Royals Pitcher Jason Vargas Shines in All-Star Debut

Ted Woodward
July 12, 2017 - 12:37 pm

Jason Vargas (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The American League defeated the National League 2-1 in 10 innings on Tuesday in Miami, at Major League Baseball's 88th All-Star Game. Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners hit what would be the game-winning home run in the top of the 10th inning.

Pitcher Jason Vargas of the Kansas City Royals, playing in his first All-Star Game, pitched a scoreless bottom of the 4th inning out of the American League bullpen.

The last time an All-Star Game was decided by a 2-1 score in extra innings was 50 years ago on Tuesday, when the NL won 2-1 in a 15-inning day game in Anaheim. That game-winning run also came on a home run, by Tony Perez of the Cincinnati Reds off of Catfish Hunter of the Kansas City Athletics. Perez was in attendance on Tuesday night in Miami.

Each member of the winning American League roster received $20,000 for the victory, including Vargas, and his Royals All-Star teammates Salvador Perez & Mike Moustakas. National League members on the losing side received $0.

Managing the American League roster at the All-Star Game was Brad Mills, the Cleveland Indians bench coach; he was filling in for Indians manager Terry Francona, who is addressing heart-related health concerns during the All-Star break. Mills played in the early 1980s for the Wichita Aeros.

The game was broadcast live on Sports Radio KFH 1240AM 98-7FM.

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