Pitching, speed and a little bit of power. The National League is back on top in the All-Star Game, using the same formula that worked during its dominating run in the 1970s and '80s.
Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and Roy Halladay and his relief combined on a six-hitter to lead the NL over the AL 5-1 Tuesday night, giving the senior circuit its first two-game winning streak since the mid-1990s.
Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and many other aces started Sunday and were ineligible, Chipper Jones and Alex Rodriguez were among those on the disabled list and Derek Jeter wanted a break. In all, 16 of 84 All-Stars were dropped.Mariners rookie sensation, Michael Pineda pitched a strong 3rd inning, striking out 2 of 3 batters and allowed no hits. Mariners reliever, Brandon League, struggled in the 7th inning allowing a run scoring, ground-rule double to Pablo Sandoval.Fielder won the MVP award after becoming the first Brewers player to homer in an All-Star Game. The World Series edge could help him later, with Milwaukee and St. Louis tied for the Central lead at the break.In all, the National League has enjoyed their best run since taking three in a row from 1994-96 -- they had lost 12 straight games played to a decision before a 3-1 victory at Anaheim last year.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times