Cubs and White Sox have uneventful All-Star Game

Cubs and White Sox have uneventful All-Star Game
Alexei Ramirez had a memorable All-Star game. He entered in the fourth inning replacing Derek Jeter. He also single, stole a base and scored a run.

Six Chicago players made the 2014 All-Star game and five appeared. Jeff Samardzija was not allowed to play for the National League after the Cubs moved him to Oakland with Jason Hamel for prospects.

Alexei Ramirez had the most iconic moment of the game for a Chicago player. He entered the game in the fourth inning for Derek Jeter who was appearing in his last All-Star game. Jeter took the field in the top of the fourth and then excited when Ramirez entered the game. Chris Sale was the pitcher for the American League at the time of Jeter's departure.

Ramirez finished the game 1-2 with a single and a stolen base and he scored the last run of the game. Teammates Sale and Jose Abreu didn't fare as well.

Sale pitched two scoreless innings with a strikeout and no hits in 2013. He arguably should have been the MVP. That honor predictably went to Mariano Rivera in his last All-Star Game. Sale's 2014 performance wasn't as good. He allowed one run on one hit in one inning. Jonathon Lucroy of the Brewers doubled off Sale to tie the game in the  top of the fourth at three.

Abreu flew out to left in one at bat. He did however record the last putout of the game in the top of the ninth inning. Minnesota's Glen Perkins earned the save for the AL.

Starlin Castro entered the game in the sixth for Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki who started the game. He struck out in his only at bat in the eighth.

Anthony Rizzo entered the game in the top of the eighth. Batting two batters after Castro and after a Freddie Freeman single, Rizzo also struck out.

Mike Trout of the Angels earned the All-Star Game MVP with a double and a triple, a run scored and two rbis.

All-Star game MVPS have been named since 1962. There were two games in 1962, the 2014 game was the 54th game in which an MVP was named. Amazingly, only once has the MVP come from Chicago.

The Cubs Bill Madlock was named the co-MVP in 1975 with the Mets Jon Matlack. Madlock went 1-2 with two rbi's. His two run ninth inning single off White Sox pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage gave the National League a 5-3 lead. They would score one more and go on to win 6-3.

Matlock pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four.

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