It sucks that Mark Buehrle got hit hard on Sunday, but one benefit to that loss was he only threw 63 pitches in that game. That opened the door for him to get into Tuesday night's All-Star Game.
Buehrle turned in a typical Buehrle performance. He threw nine pitches, seven strikes, and retired Chase Utley, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun in order in the bottom of the third inning.
And, of course, the American League beat the National League 4-3. Detroit's Curtis Granderson tripled in the eighth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Baltimore's Adam Jones. That proved to be the winning run.
Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford picked up MVP honors for a great catch in the bottom of the seventh. The left fielder robbed Colorado's Brad Hawpe of a home run and made a winner of Boston reliever Jonathan Papelbon.
The National League still hasn't won one of these games since 1996. At that time, Bill Clinton was still in his first term as president, and Terry Bevington was managing the White Sox.
The American League champion will have homefield advantage in the 2009 World Series. I sincerely doubt the White Sox will win the pennant this season, but I'm still glad the AL won. I'm always pleased when the American League comes out on top in either the All-Star Game or the World Series.