NEW YORK — From Manny Machado's sling to Aroldis Chapman's zing to a fan's sting, there was plenty to see at the All-Star game Tuesday night. Well, except for runs.
A look at the American League's 3-0 win:
Mariano Rivera got the royal treatment in his final All-Star appearance. AL teammates and NL opponents alike came to the top step of the dugout and emerged from the bullpen when the career saves leaders trotted on to pitch. It was a fitting tribute to the 43-year-old Yankees star, similar to the on-field tribute Cal Ripken received at his last All-Star game. Rivera responded in proper fashion, tossing a perfect inning.
"It was an honor to play behind him in center field," Detroit's Torii Hunter said.
The sight of Robinson Cano hobbling off the field in the top of the first. Hit in the right leg by a fastball from Mets ace Matt Harvey, the Yankees second baseman made an early exit with a bruised quadriceps. "Nothing bad. They told me it's a bruise, and ice the next few days," Cano said. Still, the sight of an injury in any exhibition game is exactly what every team fears.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado made the play of the game, fending off Paul Goldschmidt's hard two-hopper down the line and throwing him out at first. The 21-year-old Baltimore talent could soon set the major league record for doubles in a season, but his rocket arm is drawing raves on a daily basis.
"I wasn't impressed," joked Orioles teammate Chris Davis, who had been replaced at first base by Prince Fielder. "I've seen that play several times. He didn't hit the guy in the chest, and I told him that."