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All-Star Results - 2000

Game 71
July 11, 2000

 Turner Field, Atlanta Game Final 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 American 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3   6 10 2
 National 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1   3 9 2
 W: Baldwin, L: Leiter
MVP: Derek Jeter, NYY (AL)
Home Runs: C. Jones - NL
Attendance: 51,223

Game Recap

The Midsummer Classic looked a lot like the Fall Classic.

In a duel they usually save for October, Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones provided the pop Tuesday night in an All-Star game missing most of baseball's marquee names.

And once again, Jeter's team won. American League 6, National League 3.

The Yankees shortstop and the Atlanta third baseman both went a perfect 3-for-3. But just like their meetings in the 1996 and 1999 World Series, it was Jeter on top.

"That really is a shocker. Derek Jeter stealing all the headlines," Jones deadpanned. "It's good to see no one else in the National League can get him out, either."

Same result for the managers, too, as Joe Torre won again in his matchup against Bobby Cox. Torre is now 10-1 overall in games versus Cox in Atlanta.

On a humid night that needed some juice - and maybe a juiced ball with the likes of Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza sidelined - the AL won its fourth in a row and for the 10th time in 13 games.

Jeter became the first Yankees player ever to win the All-Star MVP award. After the game, his bat was already headed to the Hall of Fame.

"We played some very important big games here against the Braves, obviously in the postseason, regular season, now this game here," he said.

"Our team has been successful here. Maybe we seem to focus a bit more."

Jeter hit .353 against the Braves in last year's World Series. Last month, he tied his career high with four hits in a game at Turner Field.

James Baldwin got the victory and Al Leiter took the loss as the AL cut its overall deficit to 40-30-1. The AL broke open the game with three runs in the ninth, highlighted by Matt Lawton's single.

Jeter, starting because good friend Alex Rodriguez was injured, doubled off Randy Johnson in the first inning, then singled and scored against Kevin Brown in third. His two-run single in the fourth put the AL ahead 3-1 and came against Leiter in a reprise of last weekend's Subway Series.

"WE'VE BEEN WATCHING THAT EVER SINCE HE CAME to the big leagues," Cox said.

Jones did his best to make the 51,323 fans forget that Barry Bonds, Cal Ripken, Manny Ramirez and Greg Maddux also were sidelined.

Jones became the 13th player to hit a home run in his own park at an All-Star game, connecting off Baldwin in the third. He also singled twice, one of them off starter David Wells.

Jeter and Jones may get another chance to meet in October, as both of their teams went into the break in first place.

"It's a very, very proud time for the New York Yankees," Torre said, "because their future did a good thing tonight."

Led by the 26-year-old Jeter taking home the first All-Star MVP trophy for the Yankees, naturally.

"With all the history books that have been written by a lot of Yankees, because you know Mickey Mantle made it every year - all the great Yankees, DiMaggio - it's hard to believe," Torre said.

The last time the All-Stars visited Atlanta in 1972, Hank Aaron also homered for the hometown Braves. Aaron threw out the ceremonial first ball this time, and received a warm welcome.

The biggest ovation, by far, went to Andres Galarraga. The Braves' first baseman, who missed last season while recovering from cancer surgery, got a standing ovation when he was introduced and later rewarded his rooters with a single.

Andruw Jones of the Braves also did well, delivering an RBI single.

Still, with a record seven starters unable to play, Maddux hurt and 1999 All-Star MVP Pedro Martinez not even on the roster because of an injury, this summer showcase was minus some sizzle.

The seven missing starters were batting a combined .301 with 160 home runs this season and had totaled 66 All-Star appearances.

Johnson, the Big Unit himself, threw only eight pitches in working a perfect first inning. Then again, he threw 121 Sunday while striking out 13 as Arizona beat Oakland.

In fact, Johnson finished off his third All-Star start by striking out Jason Giambi, whom he faced two days ago in interleague play.

Wells pitched two scoreless innings. And, unlike the games that really count, there were no beanballs or brushbacks.

The AL took a 1-0 lead in the third when Brown walked three batters, including Carl Everett with the bases loaded. Jones tied it with his opposite-field homer in the bottom half.

An error by Barry Larkin set up Jeter's go-ahead single in the fourth. Playing in his third All-Star game and making his first start, Jeter had never gotten a hit in these affairs - he had struck out in his previous two at-bats.

The AL tacked on three runs in the ninth off Trevor Hoffman on Lawton's RBI single, Magglio Ordonez's sacrifice fly and Darin Erstad's RBI grounder, a ball misplayed by second baseman Jose Vidro for an error.

An error by Nomar Garciaparra set up Steve Finley's RBI single off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth. Garciaparra, Jeter's replacement, became the first shortstop to make two errors in an All-Star game.

Notes: Torre joined Tony La Russa and Tommy Lasorda as the only managers to win their first three All-Star games. ... A total of 22 future Hall of Famers took part in the 1972 game at Atlanta. Before that game, there was a hit, pitch and run competition for kids. The winner? Jeff Hornacek, then 9, a future NBA All-Star. ... This All-Star game originally was awarded to Miami. But uncertainty over the Florida Marlins' franchise prompted baseball officials to move it to Atlanta. ... Next year's All-Star game will be at Safeco Field in Seattle. Miller Park in Milwaukee and Comiskey Park in Chicago will play host to the following two games. ... This also was the first All-Star game without league presidents, those positions having been done away with. And there were no AL or NL umpires this time, either. All umpires are now considered Major League umpires.

AP NEWS The Associated Press News Service Copyright 2000 The Associated Press All Rights Reserved.

Rosters
American League
  Roberto Alomar
  James Baldwin
  Tony Batista
  Mike Bordick
  Carlos Delgado
  Ray Durham
  Jermaine Dye
  Darin Erstad
  Carl Everett
  Chuck Finley
  Travis Fryman
  Nomar Garciaparra
  Jason Giambi
  Troy Glaus
  Tim Hudson
  Jason Isringhausen
  Derek Jeter
  Todd Jones
  Matt Lawton
  Derek Lowe
  Edgar Martinez
  Pedro Martinez
  Fred McGriff
  Magglio Ordonez
  Jorge Posada
  Manny Ramirez
  Cal Ripken Jr.
  Mariano Rivera
  Alex Rodriguez
  Ivan Rodriguez
  Aaron Sele
  Mike Sweeney
  David Wells
  Bernie Williams
National League
  Edgardo Alfonzo
  Barry Bonds
  Kevin Brown
  Jeff Cirillo
  Ryan Dempster
  Jim Edmonds
  Steve Finley
  Andres Galarraga
  Brian Giles
  Joe Girardi
  Tom Glavine
  Danny Graves
  Ken Griffey Jr.
  Vladimir Guerrero
  Jeffrey Hammonds
  Todd Helton
  Trevor Hoffman
  Randy Johnson
  Andruw Jones
  Chipper Jones
  Jason Kendall
  Jeff Kent
  Darryl Kile
  Barry Larkin
  Al Leiter
  Mike Lieberthal
  Greg Maddux
  Mark McGwire
  Mike Piazza
  Edgar Renteria
  Shane Reynolds
  Gary Sheffield
  Sammy Sosa
  Jose Vidro
  Bob Wickman

American League manager Joe Torre, of the New York Yankees, walks with daugher, Andrea, left, and granddaughter Ravaganni, at Turner Field during the All-Star game Tuesday, July 11, 2000, in Atlanta.