The 85th All-Star Game in Minneapolis was Derek Jeter’s time to shine. Apparently, once again, it was no place for Padres.
The Yankees shortstop continued his retirement tour by knocking out two hits to lead the American League to a 5-3 victory on Tuesday night.
Yet for the third straight year, no Padres player got into the game. There wasn't even a mention of Padres legend Tony Gwynn on the Fox broadcast, drawing the ire of sports writers around the country.
Closer Huston Street made his second trip to the Misdummer Classic but once again was not called upon to pitch in the game. Street also was selected in 2012.
Last year, shortstop Everth Cabrera was named to the team, but he didn’t appear in the game either.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout had a pair of extra-base hits, including an RBI triple to drive in Jeter in the first, to earn the MVP award.
Jeter got a standing ovation when he was taken out of the game in the fourth inning. He hugged each of his AL teammates before giving a curtain call to fans.
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera added a two-run home run in the first to give the AL a 3-0 lead.
It didn't last, as the NL scored a pair of runs in the second on Phillies second baseman Chase Utley's RBI double, who then scored on a Jonathon Lucroy double.
Lucroy tied the game in the fourth with another double, scoring pinch-runner Dee Gordon of the Dodgers.
But Trout put the AL up for good in the fifth, driving in Oakland's Derek Norris with a double of Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek. Jose Altuve of the Astros added a sacrifice fly in the inning to complete the scoring.
Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer struck out two in a scoreless fifth to pick up the victory. Twins closer Glen Perkins picked up the save for the AL with a perfect ninth inning.
It was the second straight win for the American League, which will have home-field advantage in the World Series this year.
Padreds starter Tyson Ross was selected to the National League team, but wasn't available to pitch because he started Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
The last time a Padres player appeared in an All-Star Game was in 2011, when Heath Bell got one batter out at Chase Field in Arizona. The last Padres position player to appear was Adrian Gonzalez in 2010, when he went 0-for-2 as a reserve.