No joshing, AL dominates

Jul 22, 2008 7:00 PM

Between the Lines by Kevin Stott | What looked like it would be the shortest game in All-Star history a week ago turned into the longest one (4:50) ever as the AL edged the NL, 4-3 on a sacrifice fly by a guy who knows how to win All-Star games the Rangers Michael Young.

The game started out with familiar names playing like Jeter, A-Rod, Ichiro, Pujols, Berkman and Manny. It ended up being decided by guys named Uggla, Sorias, Sherrill, Cook, Ludwick and McLouth. McWho?

The Senior Circuit is now 11-0-1 in the last 12 Midsummer Classics while the NL lost its first A-S Game ever (1-9-1) in extra innings. And two surreal bits from the game: Its hard to think there will be no more A-S Games, let alone no more baseball in The House That Ruth Built come November and that tickets were reportedly selling for as much as $10,000 apiece! So would you rather have 759 shares of General Motors stock or one ticket to the A-S Game? You do the math

All right, on to this weeks schedule. And for you readers, starting next Tuesday, "Between the Lines" will be moving to our website, So Ill see you in cyberspace.

Started Monday, July 21

Rangers at White Sox (Mon-Wed): The three in Texas between these two averaged 16 runs per game (9, 16, 23) and with bats like Josh Hamilton seriously, 13 straight homers in the Home Run Derby Josh? Bradley, Kinsler, Young, Quentin, Konerko and Thome, runs will be scored here in the new Comiskey. OVER.

Indians at Angels (Mon-Wed): Tribe will likely mail it in during second half despite recent surge while Halos had MLBs best mark (57-38) at the break and have sticks, gloves, arms and fresh attitude now with veteran skipper Scioscia. ANGELS.

BONUS: ROCKS over Dodgers, As-RAYS UNDER, TACOS over Burritos, EUROS over US Dollars, COTTON over Polyester.

Starts Friday, July 25

Braves at Phillies (Fri-Sun): Big NL East series should go Phillies way as Bravos woeful on road (15-32) while homeboys have an internal HR Derby going on with Howard, Burrell and Utley. The Phanatic smells Ws PHILLIES.

Nationals at Dodgers (Fri-Sun): Washington a long, long way from home and among MLBs scrub brush. LA can win West and needs to win at least two of three vs. these Nats. Bleed some blue baby. DODGERS.

BONUS: REDS over Rockies, ANGELS over Os (Os had lost 14 straight on Sunday!), JAYS over Ms, MUD over Dirt, OLD YANKEE STADIUM over New Yankee Stadium, FRUITY PEBBLES over Trix (Trix are for kids.).

Hey, is the All-Star Game over yet?