Wednesday, July 13, 2005

MLB: Miguel Tejada wins All-Star MVP

Baltimore Orioles fan favorite Miguel Tejada won the All-Star MVP in Detroit last night, capping a good night for players with local ties.

Tejada hit a solo homer in the second inning to start the scoring, then hit an RBI groundout in the third in a game eventually won by the American League, 7-5.

The other Oriole starter, 2B Brian Roberts, went 1-2 with a ground rule double and a run scored.

Tejada and Roberts also combined for a pair of double plays against the National League.

The two Orioles reserves in the game had less heroic outings. Melvin Mora went 0-1 at the plate and B.J. Ryan gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning before yielding to Yankee Mariano Rivera, who got the save.

On the National League (and Nationals) side, Livan Hernandez pitched one inning and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk.

Annapolis, Md., native Mark Teixeira (1B, Texas) had a big night in his first All-Star game, hitting a two run homer in the sixth that provided the eventual winning runs.

But the biggest star of the night -- the star among All-Stars -- was Tejada, who received a trophy and a brand new yellow Corvette for his efforts.

Tejada is the sixth Oriole to win the All-Star MVP, and the third in the last eight years. Cal Ripken Jr. was the last Oriole to take home the award, which he did in 2001 (his final year in the league) with his homer of Chan Ho Park. Roberto Alomar won it as an Oriole in 1998.

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